The Agony and the Ecstasy

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Okay, so I peeked. I opened up a catalog. Then another, and another, and another. It became obvious that I was spending too much time looking at catalogs, so I began hiding them in the bathroom and feigning stomach viruses. I began to feel dirty and shameful, but I couldn’t stop.

Then, the list making started. First, the desired flower and vegetable seeds. No, no, too much. Only the necessary seeds, must really needthe seeds, not just want. Hmm… , okay, let’s sort by catalog, and figure out who has the best deal on Scabious Black Knight. It’s cheaper at Johnny’s, but Select Seeds gives you so many more seeds for not much more money. But why would I need 400 seeds of a flower that I grow five of every year? But it really is such a better deal, and I am sure I will want to grow this every year. And besides, I only need three things from Johnny’s, and I am not going to pay $4.00 in shipping to 7 different seed companies this year.

I begin making phone calls. I drop in on my friends Eric and Alan, and we start dealing. “If you guys get my Fortex beans from Cook’s, I will get the Chocolate Painted Tongue from SelectSeeds”. Everyone loved that Chocolate Painted Tongue, and acted very put out when I didn’t grow more. Mine has been reseeding, but getting less Chocolatey every year. So, I will bite the bullet, and start seeds for my friends, who help me put my stakes into the ground when everything is already flopping, and they don’t shame me too much about not mulching, and occasionally help me weed when they just can’t take it any more!

So, for the second year in a row, I am not getting the Papparadja Pansy, which is available from Stokes (better deal) or Thompson&Morgan, because I eliminated ordering from those two companies. I am getting the Puntarelle from Nichol’s, because they are the only ones offering it, and I will pay $4.00 in shipping for one pack of $1.55 seeds because it is cheaper than flying to Rome to eat. I am spending too much at SelectSeeds, but their seeds are so unique, and just a few things from Seeds of Change because they have such good photography, and lots of things from Fedco Seeds, because I love typing $.80 over and over again. And even though I will hate myself for it, I know I will spend too much on seeds, buy more seeds than I have time to start, start more seeds than I have room to plant, and plant more things than I can possibly take care of.

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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Chan S. February 19, 2005, 8:50 am

Misery loves company. It makes me feel so much better every time I read this post (yes, I am returning to it from time to time, as a sort of online therapy). Cheers!

Kathy February 18, 2005, 10:44 am

Been there, done that. Many times over.