Sow seeds shallowly at only 3mm (1/8″) deep. If starting indoors, provide total darkness and a soil temperature of 21-25°C (70-75°F). Once sprouts appear, provide bright light.
Echinacea hybrida ‘Cheyenne Spirit.’ Sow Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea Seeds in rows or clumps outdoors in early May for fall blooms. Sow indoors March 15th for August blooms. Plants bloom sixteen weeks after seeding. Germinate at 21°C (70°F), under bright lights. Cheyenne Spirit is a good, long lasting cut flower. Cheyenne Spirit Echinacea blooms range from yellow to pink to crimson. All Echinacea plants are drought tolerant, but this variety is so dear, you’ll want to baby them in the garden. This premium hybrid Echinacea blend is an All America Selections winner, and is sold by seed count.
Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Hardy to Zone 3
Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out. If started indoors in late winter, Echinacea may bloom in the first year. It can also be direct sown in early spring or early fall. Germination should occur in 10-21 days.
Here are some notes on how to grow Echinacea. These hardy perennial plants are broadly referred to as Coneflowers. They are highly attractive to pollinators and make excellent cut flowers. They look spectacular in mass plantings.
Space plants at 30-38cm (12-15″) apart in any average, well drained, slightly acidic soil. Water plants regularly for best results, keeping the leaves as dry as possible. Leave seed heads intact over winter to feed birds and provide shelter for beneficial insects.
The pervasive nature of the spice is one to be wary of in particular – it can very easily dominate a gin if not kept to a small and carefully controlled quantity.
Alternatively, try either Hernö or Blackwater’s Juniper Cask offerings, where they have both taken the juniper wood and created bespoke mini-casks that give off a particularly sappy, resinous note.
As with many popular gin botanicals, cardamom pods were valued for its medicinal qualities ahead of its taste. Ancient Egyptians doubled it up as a mouthwash/embalming solution and Greeks and Romans added it to perfumes and ointments. Its medicinal use has been varied – from curing congestion and tuberculosis to spider and snake bites. Modern medicine believes cardamom to have mood-elevating properties, and as such is used to treat depression.
In terms of an ingredient in gin, it can be distilled to provide exactly what you might expect from the plant – a booming lavender smell. As a botanical, it is also a great way to tell how accomplished a distiller is, as if overcooked, over-infused or simply, if the wrong variety is selected in the first place – once distilled it can be incredibly soapy. If too pungent, not only does it dominate the rest of the botanicals, but it also makes the aroma highly perfumed, artificial and no longer fresh.
Gins where cubeb is noticeable to taste:
Plymouth Gin has a notable orris presence, so too does Victory Gin and the Devon violets within Tarquin’s Dry Gin combine well with orris to give an overall floral note to the gin.
The medicinal use of lemon is far-reaching, though there is perhaps no example more famous than its use as a treatment for scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency-led disease, which was rife on ships when those on board spent months without access to fresh produce. Lemons even offer benefits for those of us who aren’t salty sea dogs, as they’re said to lower stroke risk, combat cancer and help to prevent asthma.
Caraway is a plant native to western Asia, Europe and northern Africa. The plant stems grow one and a half – to two feet high, and flower in June. The fruits of the flower – commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as seeds – are said to ease gas, but they’re most commonly used as flavouring in food, sweets and spirits.
Gins in which elderberries are noticeable to taste:
We’re about to go all green fingered on you all, so bear with us for a while – there is a point to this… Juniper shrubs vary in size and shape, are evergreen and are usually low spreading bush type plants. They are a low maintenance plant to grow and while they prefer an acidic pH soil, they don’t have a problem in soil pHs that are not acidic either. We’ve heard of Juniper shrubs being used for groundcovers, border plantings and understand that they are especially helpful in preventing soil erosion, weed control and planting on difficult parts of a landscape. From our own experience with them – we know that juniper shrubs are quite drought tolerant and perform well enough in rock gardens too. If this wasn’t enough, most varieties of juniper require very little pruning, if any. It is therefore not surprising to hear that depending on your taxonomic viewpoint, there are between 50-67 species of juniper and they are found in most countries in the Northern hemisphere. They are amazing plants.
Coriander is particularly prevalent Tanqueray London Dry. The juniper might star, but its relationship with coriander seed and that oscillating citrus-meets-floral-meets-spice twang is present throughout. Brands that also make distinguishable use of coriander seed are Cremorne London Dry and Greenall's Gin.