Old-Fashioned Vining Petunia Flower, 1800's Heirloom, Organic $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - (Petunia multiflora) Common in Iowa gardens a century ago, this fragrant, old-fashioned beauty offers vintage appeal. Its aromatic, single-trumpeted flowers can be white, pink, lavender, or purple; they bloom from June until hard frost. The strong plants have trailing 2-3' stems, and work well in hanging baskets as well as borders. Self-sowing annual, perennial in zones 9-11. Characteristics:   Easy to start from seed Fast-growing and quick to bloom White, yellow, and golden-orange blossoms A great container or trellised flower Annual plants in northern climates 250 Seeds per packet Instructions: Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out after the danger of frost has passed and when nighttime temperatures are above 50°F. Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination: 10-20 Days Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart Light: Sun/Partial Shade Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Amazon Jewel Nasturtium (Climbing) $3.25 $3.45
Renee's Garden - This spellbinding nasturtium offers unusual variegated, vining foliage and brilliant, spurred blossoms in exotic and unusual shades of pumpkin, painted peachy-rose, ruby, gold, and pale lemon. The single scented flowers shine out from among lily-pad-shaped leaves splashed with patterns of emerald green and creamy white. The effect is a trailing jungle of gemstones as Amazon Jewel meanders gracefully to cover bare spots, adorn fences, or cascade from containers, filling the garden with vibrant color.  Characteristics:  Renee's Garden Exclusive  Annual  Gemstone colors  Approx 35-40 seeds   Instructions - Sow seeds in spring once all danger of frost is over in full sun (or part shade in hot climates). Nasturtiums need no added fertilizer in most soils. Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Press soil firmly over the seeds and keep moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin 10 inches apart so plants will have ample room to grow.  Plant in: April - June for cold winters or March - July for mild winters  Full sun or partial shade  Plant 1/4 inch deep  Plant 3-4 inches apart  9-12 inches days to germinate  Mature Height: 4-6 feet  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Bunny Tails Flower $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - (Lagurus ovatus) It is difficult, for gardeners of all ages, to resist touching this flower’s fluffy head, which is as soft as a bunny’s tail! Compact but showy, this annual ornamental grass is easily grown in a border, for use as a cut flower, or in a container. Drought-tolerant once established with a dwarf habit. Annual, 6-12" tall. Characteristics:  Annual plants grow to 6-12 inches tall Soft, tufted flower heads Tolerant of drought and dry conditions Good for ornamental plantings and container growing 250 Seeds per packet Instructions:  Sow seed indoors 1/4" deep. Plant out after the danger of frost has passed in late spring. Can also be directly sown outdoors 3 weeks before the last frost. Prefers light well-drained soil and will tolerate dry conditions. Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination: 15-21 Days Plant Outdoors: 4-6” Apart Light: Full Sun   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Exotic Love Vine Mina Lobata, Heirloom $3.04 $3.29
Renee's Garden - This lush New World native has intricate fleur-de-Lis-shaped leaves that cascade on strong vigorous vines. From midsummer on, the showy foliage is covered with sprays of graceful tubular flowers that start as orange-red buds and open to shade from crimson to soft coral, lemon yellow, and vanilla, all the shades appearing together on each arching blossom. Cover a fence, gate, or trellis with this fine heirloom whose tropical beauty has graced gardens for over 100 years. (Ipomoea lobata)  Characteristics:  Heirloom Selective  Hummingbird favorites  Summer/Fall bloom  Frost tender    Instructions - To start outdoors, in late spring, once the weather is warm and settled and nights stay above 50°F, plant seeds in a sunny spot in ordinary garden soil 6 inches apart and 1/2 inch deep. Firm soil over seeds. To start early indoors, sow indoors 5 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost in individual pots of seed starting mix. Cover 1/2 inch deep and keep warm and moist. Provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready for outdoor planting. Transplant very carefully once nights stay above 50°F. Thin or transplant seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart. Do not disturb delicate roots. To speed germination, soak seeds for no longer than 8 hours in tepid water. Plant immediately after soaking. Erect well-anchored supports at least 8 feet tall at planting time; strong netting, a wood or wire fence, or a sturdy trellis serve well to hold these vigorous climbers that bloom hard from midsummer.  Plant in April-June  Full sun  Plant 1/2" deep  Space seeds 6" apart  7-10 days to germinate  Mature height: 8-10 feet  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Hungarian Blue Breadseed Poppy, Organic $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange -Sitting above its silvery, highly cut foliage, the striking, purple-petaled flowers of this easy-to-grow annual are followed later in the season by attractive seed pods that can be used in dried arrangements. At the season’s end, the seeds in the pods can be harvested and used for baking or replanting. All plant parts except the seeds are toxic. Prolific self-sowing annual, 2-3' tall. Characteristics:  Organic  Self-seeding annual plants grow to 2-3 feet tall  Deep blue-purple blossoms  Edible seeds for baking  200 seeds  Instructions - Direct seeding is preferable, as poppies do not like to have their roots disturbed. Sow seeds outdoors in the early spring when the soil is still cool and light frost is possible. Can also be sown in the fall just before the ground freezes. Plants will tolerate poor soil. Direct Seed 1/4" deep Germination 10-15 days Thin 8-10" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Nasturtium Phoenix Climbing, 1800's Heirloom $3.25 $3.29
Renee's Garden - These split-petal vining nasturtiums date from the 19th century. Their unique petals, shaped like little flames, stand out in a kaleidoscope of colors against ivy-shaped leaves. Carefree Phoenix blooms absolutely nonstop, covering the foliage with both bright and pastel blossoms in crimson-red, rich gold, fiery orange, warm cream and soft peach, many brushed with burnished copper at the petal base. Phoenix flowers are edible and especially gorgeous scattered on salads or used as edible garnishes for savory dishes.   Characteristics:  Heirloom Selective  Hummingbird favorites  Pollinators & Beneficials  Great in containers  Annual Spring/summer/fall bloom  Frost tender    Instructions - To start outdoors, sow seeds in spring once all danger of frost is over in full sun (or part shade in hot climates). Nasturtiums need no added fertilizer in most soils. Poke seeds into well-worked soil about 1 inch deep and 3 to 4 inches apart. Press the soil firmly over the seeds and keep them moist. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin to stand 10 inches apart, or 6 to 8 inches apart if training seedlings up vertical supports. To start early indoors, sow 2 seeds each in individual 4-inch pots of well-drained seed starting mix 3 weeks before the last expected frost date. Cover 1 inch deep. Provide a strong light source. When seedlings have several sets of leaves, pinch out the weaker seedling leaving 1 seedling per pot. When the weather is evenly in the 50°F (10°C) range, gradually acclimate to outdoor conditions. Transplant as above in full sun. Climbing nasturtiums are easy to grow in any well-drained soil. You’ll need to train young plants onto their supports with loose ties, then they’ll climb easily and bloom non-stop. Do not let plants dry out during the blooming season. If aphids become a problem, wash them off with a strong spray of water or spray with a non-toxic Safer’s Soap solution. Phoenix’s bright confetti-like blossoms are true summer beacons for hungry hummingbirds.  Plant in April-June for cold winters; March-July for mild winters Full sun or partial shade  Sow seeds 3-4" apart; 1" deep  10-12 days to germinate  Mature height: 4-6 feet Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Orange Resina Calendula - Calendula officinalis, Organic $3.75 $4.00
The Living Seed Company -The orange resina calendula is the most medicinal and sought after.  A Native to Southern Europe.  Calendula quickly naturalizes.   Calendula will bring sunshine to your winter garden. The edibles petals are sweet and tangy.  Easy to grow and propagate. Commonly used in skin care, reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding, and healing damaged or irritated tissue. Organic Medicinal Cut flower Annual plants grow to 18" inches tall 50 Seeds Instructions - Sow seeds indoors 1/4" deep. Transplant after last frost. Can also be directly sown outdoors after the last frost. Plant light well-drained soil Germination 7-14 days Plant 6-12" apart Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Jewels of Opar Flower $3.45 $3.95
Seed Exchange - (Talinum paniculatum) (aka Fameflower) Sure to become a favorite. Eye-catching mats of succulent chartreuse foliage. Attractive sprays of pink flowers followed by ruby-orange seedpods. Great filler for any border or container. Tolerates dry conditions. Self-sows readily. Tender perennial grown as an annual in the North, 24" tall. The leaves are used in salads and stir fry. The leaves do contain oxacyilic acid so do not consume in great quantities.   This one I first discovered growing in my Dallas backyard (I no longer live in Texas as our farm is in Wisconsin) and was amazed at the thousands of blossoms and red jeweled seed pods. I was thrilled to learn that the leaves were edible and used them often. It took me a few months to track the name down so I couldn't resist in adding them to our seed collections to share with you. Characteristics:  Organic Self-seeding tender perennial, annual in northern climates Sprays of tiny pink flowers Good filler flower for borders and containers Tolerates dry conditions 100 Seeds Instructions - Instructions - Sow seeds indoors on the surface of the soil. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in late spring.  It can be sowed outside around the last frost. Sow 1/4" Deep Germination 7-12 days Thin 6-12" apart Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Royal Wedding Sweet Pea $3.25 $3.29
Renee's Garden - These long-stemmed, softly frilled sweet peas come down the garden aisle decked out in glorious pure white blossoms, four to six on each long stem, all with lovely ruffled petals. We import this premier award-winning variety from England because it has outstanding form and garden performance and carries an enchanting fragrance reminiscent of jasmine and orange blossoms. You will enjoy Royal Wedding’s beauty and enticing perfume indoors and out over a long season of bloom.   Characteristics:  Heirloom  Pollinators & Beneficials  Annual climbing vine  Spring/summer bloom  Frost tolerant     Instructions - Sweet peas must have well-drained soil, so dig deeply and enrich with aged manure or compost before sowing seeds. Erect a well-anchored trellis, vertical netting, or other support for vines before planting. Sow seeds in full sun in cool early spring weather as early as the ground can be worked. In mild winters, where the ground does not freeze, sweet peas can be planted in fall. Seedlings will form strong root systems, then overwinter to bloom vigorously in spring. Plant sweet pea seeds 1 inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, thin to 4 inches apart to allow plants room to mature.  Sweet peas bloom best before the weather gets too hot, so if spring planting, sow as soon as the ground can be worked. Where summer heat comes on fast, they’ll appreciate a spot with afternoon shade. Anchor supports well as vines will grow heavy with bloom. Protect seedlings from birds, slugs, and snails. Mulch and keep well watered. For the longest bloom, pick flowers often and keep faded blossoms cut.  Plant in: March-April for cold winters; September-March for mild winters  Full sun  Sow seeds 2-3" apart; 1" deep Days to germinate: 12-28 days  Mature Height: 6-8 feet  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Lavender Double Poppy, Organic $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - Jan Suchomel of Van Horne, Iowa, discovered this poppy growing in the backyard garden when she moved to Van Horne from Cedar Rapids in 1967 and proceeded, over the next three decades, to give its seeds to all her family members. She was so taken with the flower that she even planted some of its seeds at the senior complex she moved to in 2003 so that she could continue to enjoy its colorful blooms. All plant parts except the seeds are toxic. 91 days.  Characteristics:  From the Collection for 2023  Self-seedling annual  Beautiful double lavender blooms  Organic  Grows 2 to 3 feet tall  Blooms June - July  Instructions - Direct seeding is preferable, as poppies do not like to have their roots disturbed. Sow seeds outdoors in the early spring when the soil is still cool and light frost is possible. Can also be sown in the fall just before the ground freezes. Plants will tolerate poor soil.  Direct Seed: 1/4" Deep  Germination: 10-15 days  Thin: 8-10" Apart  Light: Fall Sun    Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of the availability
Mixed Colors Broomcorn Sorghum Heirloom Seeds $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange - A type of sorghum traditionally used in broom-making. A diverse mix of varieties in many colors. Includes Apache Red, Texas Black Amber, Tennessee Red, Nicaraguan Broom, Iowa Red, Hadley Kidd, Moyer Sonnen, Sattie Museum, Moyer Jensen Gold, Hungarian Red, and Black, Ramirez South Chile, and Kepley. Gorgeous in floral arrangements. 100-110 days. ±1,200 seeds/oz.  Characteristics:  A mix of many varieties in multiple colors Nice addition to floral arrangements 100-110 days 100 seeds per packet  This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States but prefers a long, frost-free growing season. Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors 1" deep after danger of frost has passed. For good pollination and full ears, plant in blocks of 3-6 rows instead of one long row. Thin seedlings to 8" apart. Corn is a heavy feeder and does best in well-drained fertile soil with plenty of water.  Direct Seed: 4" Apart Germination: 4-21 Days Rows Apart: 36-48" Light: Full Sun  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability 
Bee Heaven Salvia $2.95 $3.29
Renee's Garden - Our new variety is compact and earlier blooming than other salvias, with clouds of nectar-rich, blossoms in a mix of white, soft pink, and rose-red. Hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators flock to these blossoms from dawn to dusk, and sprays of these charming flowers are lovely in mixed bouquets. Bee Heaven grows readily in a wide range of conditions and blooms continuously throughout summer. Ideal for containers or as easy-care, free-flowering border plants.   Characteristics:  Heirloom Selective  Butterfly & Hummingbird favorites  Great in containers  Pollinators & Beneficials  Tender perennial grown as annual  Summer/Fall bloom  Frost tender    Instructions - To start early indoors, start seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds 1 inch apart in a container of seed starting mix and cover very lightly. Keep moist but not soggy and provide a strong light source. When seedlings are about 2 to 3 inches tall, and night temperatures are above 50°F, acclimate to outdoor conditions and plant 8 inches apart.  To start outdoors, sow in well-worked beds or in containers in full sun only after night temperatures reach 50°F. Plant seeds 4 inches apart and covers very lightly. Keep soil evenly moist. Thin seedlings to 8 inches apart so plants have room to mature. To plant in a container, plant 4 seedlings in a 20-inch pot; 3 in a 16-inch pot, and 1 seedling in an 8-inch pot. Plants grow quickly to 12-18 inches tall and bloom all summer long Honey Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and many other pollinators constantly visit these nectar-rich flowers.  Plant in: May-June for cold winters; April-May for mild winters  Full sun  Sow seeds 1" apart; barley cover  Days to germinate: 10-15 days  Days to harvest: 12-18"  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
Black Velvet Nasturtium Flower $3.25 $3.75
I’m Back!!! This is our most popular nasturtium and we are happy to have it back for the 2024 season! Seed Exchange - These eye-catching, black chocolate, bright-red central markings are edible, like other nasturtiums, as are their rounded leaves. The dwarf plants are ideal for container gardening, but will also thrive in beds and garden plots. Hardy annual, 8-10" tall. Hardy annual plants grow to 10-12 inches tall Blossoms are chocolate-black Blossoms are edible Great for container growing 25 Seeds Instructions - The intense velvety-black blooms of this nasturtium are completely unique within this genus. Growing only 10-12" tall, the dwarf plants are ideal for container gardens. The edible blossoms and gray-green leaves dress up spring salads both visually and with a surprising peppery burst or flavor. Hardy annual. Sow 1/4" Deep Germination 7-12 days Thin 6-12" apart Full Sun Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability
Lorenzo Trussoni Safflower, 1889 Heirloom, Organic $3.45 $3.95
The Seed Savers Exchange -(Carthamus tinctorius) Lorenzo Trussoni definitely knew best when he brought this safflower from Italy to Genoa, Wisconsin, in 1889. Not only do its dried petals make an excellent saffron substitute when harvested fresh and dried inside, but the flowers also add a splash of vivid (yellow and orange-red) color to the garden. Plants reach about 2' tall and form flowering branches along their main stems. Today this safflower is grown by many in the Italian-American community in Genoa, including Lorenzo’s descendants. 75-80 days from seeding to first blossoms. Organic. Organic Annual plants grow to 2 foot Yellow to Orange-Red flower heads Petals can be dried for a saffron substitute Striking cut flower 50 Seeds per Packet Instructions: Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower. Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost Germination:  7-10 Days Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart Light: Full Sun   Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers based on availability
Zinfandel Sweet Pea $3.25 $3.29
Renee's Garden - Zinfandel’s ruffled blossoms are a rich shade of claret/ burgundy that will remind you of fine vintage wine. This beautiful variety begins to bloom very early in the season to cloak a fence or arbor and provides striking bouquets of beautiful flowers with an unrivaled depth of color. As the dark, satiny blossoms unfold along their stems, they release sweet peas’ seductive perfume of orange blossoms and honey, a fragrance no other flower can offer.  Characteristics:  Pollinators & Beneficials  Annual climbing vine  Spring/summer bloom  Frost tolerant     Instructions - Sweet peas must have well-drained soil, so dig deeply and enrich with aged manure or compost before sowing seeds. Erect a well-anchored trellis, vertical netting, or other support for vines before planting. Sow seeds in full sun in cool spring weather as early as the ground can be worked. In mild winter areas, where the ground does not freeze, plant in fall; seeds will germinate and form strong root systems, then overwinter to bloom strongly in spring. Plant seeds 1 inch deep and 2 to 3 inches apart. When seedlings are 2 inches tall, thin them 4 to 5 inches apart, to allow plants room to mature. Sweet peas bloom best before the weather gets too hot, so if spring planting, sow as soon as the ground can be worked. Where summer heat comes on fast, they’ll appreciate a spot with afternoon shade. Anchor supports well as vines will grow heavy with bloom. Protect seedlings from birds, slugs, and snails. Mulch and keep well watered. For the longest bloom, pick flowers often and keep faded blossoms cut. Plant in: March-April for cold winters; September-March for mild winters  Full sun/ partial shade  Sow seeds 2-3" apart; 1" deep Days to germinate: 12-28 days  Mature Height: 6-8 feet  Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute suppliers due to availability. 
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