seeds & friends

I will not post a picture of the collection of seeds I have acquired this season, in an attempt to protect myself from the mocking laughter of all who know me. Let’s just say that my purchases have been ambitious.

I defend myself with the evidence that seed catalogs are very very pretty, and it’s not my fault I was given a book on heirloom melons, and anyway who can blame me for wanting any and all plants dating from when the house was built. On top of which it is extremely difficult to pass up seed when you live in a county sporting seed racks in every grocery and hardware store… so let’s move on.

I am willing to post pictures of my favorites, which are the seeds sent to me by gardening friends. It doesn’t get better than receiving Chrisi’s Magic Morning Glories:

Or the mail bringing a small box wrapped in hand-drawn paper and filled with these treats:

Coincidentally while unpacking some plant pots I found an envelope of calendula seed with matching handwriting, given to me by the same Michigan friend back in 1998 when we shared a garden, years before the children who illustrated my parcel were born.

I did a viability test, soaking the seeds on wet paper towel and hoping that against the odds they would have survived over a decade. They hadn’t. I’ll compost them, the envelope as well, so that they can play their part in the cycle after all.

Meanwhile the morning glories are soaking. It’s a full moon tomorrow.

3 Responses to “seeds & friends”

  1. Eliza Says:

    how exciting! I can’t wait to see your garden!

    Can’t bronze fennel be used to dye with? I think I planted some last year at my parents’ place in Maine, but it didn’t grow very well. I’m hoping it comes back this year and that i can harvest it at last!

  2. Wendy Says:

    We love seeds!!! They offer up so much hope. Hope for kale and peas that won’t be devoured by Ms. Groundhog and whomever else loves these sweet, leafy greens. And, WOW, you still had that package of ancient calendula seeds? So cool! Sorta sad they didn’t germinate, but glad they will be returned to their proper home.

  3. Barb Says:

    I just knew the seed package had to be from Wendy! I’m finding a little time to read blogs again. My flowers are showing up; I’m remembering I’ve promised E some black-eyed susans and hosta. Maybe in the fall??

    Who knew marrying again would require so much attention. 🙂

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