Lynda, I, too, appreciate Seeds of Change, not just for their seeds, but also for the excellent information on their website, which can be found by clicking on the Digging in the Dirt link. And although I have gotten the Shumway’s catalog in the past, frankly, it never really grabbed my eye. I never thought about supplies . . . I will have to compare them with my current favorite,Silver Creek Supply. (I have to say I never knew they had a website, and never knew they were affiliated with DoItBest Centers. I would get their print catalog if you want seed starting supplies, because the website seems geared only to homeowners and not serious growers.) Seeds from Italy I had never heard of, and I’m glad I did! There is a lot of Italian and Sicilian heritage on my mother’s side of the family and they will all be glad to hear of this company, even my Grandmother, who, at 94, is no longer gardening. (Well, she might keep a pot of basil and a pot of parsley going . . .) Lynda, if you know of any more unusual seed or plant companies, please don’t be embarassed to share them with us. You’re among fellow addicts–uh, I mean, friends.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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