If you’re a fan of garden-related quotes, you may have already run across this gem from Roman statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero: “Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit,” usually translated as “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” That version is spot-on for many of us who enjoy books and plants with equal passion. The more literal translation of hortum in bibliotheca—a garden in a library—lends itself to some very interesting interpretations, including the one that has captured my interest recently: the concept of a “seed library.” Continue reading
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Another seed-sharing extravaganza is over, and my seed boxes are almost empty. All of the requested seeds are now divided and packed up, and many are on their way to their new homes. I’m still waiting for a few SASEs, so if you haven’t sent yours yet, it would be great if you could take care of that as soon as it’s convenient. At the end of this post, I have a list of all the orders that have already been filled. If you requested seeds and do not see your name on the list, feel free to leave me a message here or email me, and I’ll let you know when I receive your SASE. If your name is on the list but you haven’t gotten your seeds by December 6 or so, or if you requested seeds and have not heard back from me, PLEASE contact me right away.
Deadline for requests: 11:59 pm EST on November 25, 2013
Edit 11/24/13: Due to an overwhelming number of requests, the following seeds are no longer available: Asclepias speciosa, Euphorbia marginata, Lindera benzoin, Nicotiana (collected from “Pink Mutabilis”), Nigella damascena ‘Cramers’ Plum’, Papaver ‘Lauren’s Grape’, Pavonia missionum, Phlomis tuberosa, Ptelea trifoliata ‘Aurea’, Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Purpurea’, Stachys officinalis ‘Alba’, and Trachelium caeruleum ‘Black Knight’
Well, my friends, I’m delighted to once again have the opportunity to thank you for being loyal readers by sharing some of the bounty of my garden with you. I’ve been gathering, cleaning, and packing up seeds for months now, and I have over a hundred cool things for you to choose from this year. There are ornamentals and edibles; annuals, perennials, woody plants, vines, grasses, and vegetables; garden plants and meadow denizens; and exotics and U.S. natives – so, something for everyone, I think!
I have more to say about how this all works, but if I were in your place, I’d want to see the list first and read all the blah, blah, blah later. So for now, have fun going through the offerings and making your wish list. (By the way, you can click on each image to see the full-sized version of the picture.) As you will see, each offering includes a brief description. This is just the basics, though, so I encourage you to use your favorite search engine to get more in-depth information about the plants you’re interested in and how best to grow them in your particular area and growing conditions.
At this point, I can’t promise how many packets I’ll be able to send each of you, so I encourage you to ask for several things (up to around 10); that way, I’ll have options if I run out of some of your top choices. As you make your list, you may want to put a star next to the ones you want most, because I’ll ask you to list your requests in order of preference (those you want the most first). I think that’s all you need to know for the moment; now, enjoy!
Is it too early to start looking back on this growing season, when we haven’t even had frost yet? Well, maybe, but I think we’re far enough along to have fully enjoyed the performance of some dependable favorites, as well as to fairly judge some new additions. I have a second purpose for this post, too: providing a preview for some of the seeds I hope to share in my November giveaway. (I won’t have all of these available, but many of them.)
I’ve gotten quite a few emails asking about seed-starting in the last few months, mostly from those of you who took part in my seed giveaway last fall. The same thing happened last year, so I should have known to give specific sowing directions along with the descriptions. I guess it’s just that my usual approach to starting seeds these days is about as low-key and low-tech as you can get, so I normally don’t think much about the details. See, my fantasy seed-starting setup would look something like this: