Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mmmmwaaaaahhh. Mmmmwaaaahhh. More. Seeds.

Where-ever I go, there you are.

Seed racks. Rows upon rows of seed packets. Some of you beguile me with color photos or botanical watercolors. Others court me by touting your organic origins. With promises of a new day, a bountiful spring and the garden to end all gardens.

I hope I still get this giddy about February seed daydreaming when I am 80, 90 - 100!

In keeping with my promise to myself about gardening and the unknown world of motherhood, I just purchased tried and true seed varieties. Mammoth Russian Sunflowers, Zinnia - State Fair, Heavenly Blue Morning Glory, Cosmos - Early Sensation and some greens - arugula, Salad Bowl lettuce and Deer Tongue lettuce. All from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.

What's this - at the bottom of my shopping bag? One last seed packet - Sweet Pea, Royal Family Mixed Colors. Egads. I must have blacked out for a moment at the seed rack. Not the easiest to cultivate 'round these parts. I guess I'll try them one more time, just this year.

Although, I have a feeling I'll still be pursuing sweet peas when I am 80, 90, 100 . . .


Anna--Flowergardengirl said...

OH yes, that is big trouble for me too. Any trip to the garden center finds me puttering around the plants, seed packets, and flowering shurbs--dreaming and spending money. I never tire of it. I work for a plant company and if my off time--I'm still in plants. Loved your blog today.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

A great post. Those bad seed racks tempting you to a time consuming non-baby friendly garden. From experience, I just say "Keep it simple, sweetie."~~Dee

robbinscabin said...

I was at the garden centers today and was soooo tempted! As I stood there drooling over the seeds some people just strolled by. Without looking at the seeds at all! I was shocked...are there still people in the world who don't garden?

Lonnie said...

Yeah, never had much luck with the fragrant sweet peas. Too bad, because I do like the fragrance.

There are, however, several native peas that are really easy to grow and worth trying:

*Clitoria mariana, butterfly pea - Not fragrant but very large, lavander colored and, uh, botanically correct!

*Apios americana, Ground Nut - Fragrant unusual flowers and an Edible tuber. Avaliable at Edible Landscaping.

*Tephrosia virginica, Goats Rue. Unfortunately, not fragrant but multicolored in shades of pink, white purple and yellow - all on the same plant!