Have to put in my

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Have to put in my 2 cents since you are talking about seeds. All of my seeds are received and sorted by start date. I got a huge chunk of mine from Johnny’s, because they come from a northern climate, and they actual give you meaningful cultural information on the back of the seed packet. My second biggest order was from Pinetree seeds, again, the northern climate, interesting selections, and, cheap! (less amount of seeds per packet) Stokes Seeds was my next biggest order, mostly flowers, cheap, cold climate, good info. Select Seeds, next, then a few things from Nichols garden nursery, Park’s, and Thompson Morgan.

Seeds of Change sucked me in last year with their beautiful catalog, but I had bad luck with a lot of their seeds, and I got pissed when, after buying their incredibly beautiful blue peach leafed campanula, I realized it was just a mix. I checked out the Italian seed place, but I seem to be able to get most of those things I wanted from Johnny’s or Pinetree. I do have fava beans that I saved from my favorite Italian farmer who passed away this spring. He brought the seeds with him from Italy.

I gave away many seedlings last year, and am trying to use some restraint this year with how many I start. I started a lot of perennial flowers last summer and ran out of time to put them in the ground. I spent too much time watering last year, and not enough time weeding, staking, deadheading, all that kind of maintenance stuff. I am hoping to get some drip irrigation this year, or something else to help me with watering chores. Trying to keep a toddler away from a spray hose is too much trouble.

Kath, I got the Rainmaster Petunia which I will gladly share. Tony thinks I will have the baby tomorrow because of the full moon. I feel I am too tired to give birth right now. I am sure c-sections are hard to recover from, but I think a planned c-section with no labor sure sounds appealing right now.

About the Author

Until recently, Rosemarie Hanson gardened in the alkaline soil of New York’s North Country. Now she gardens in the Finger Lakes region of NY, where the soil is acid and the deer are a plague! She is particularly interested in fragrant plants, old garden roses, tulips, gardening for kids, and kitchen gardens.

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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