Cosmos For The Cure
Botanical Interests wants more people to know about their special seed packet, Celebration in Pink cosmos. With each purchase of one of these packets, Botanical Interests will donate one dollar to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, with a minimum donation of $15,000. However, these packets will only be available until June 30, 2011. I’m sponsoring a little giveaway to help publicize this special offer just in time to give your valentine a heartfelt, seedy gift.Now for all you cold climate gardeners out there, a bit of advice about cosmos. Cosmos is very easy to grow, but it is incredibly frost tender. If you have a short growing season, you will get a lot more bloom if you start it indoors and plant seedlings after all danger of frost is past. Gardeners with a longer growing season can sow cosmos directly where they want it to grow. It is great as a cut flower no matter what climate you grow it in.
Sweetheart Seed Collection
In addition to the cosmos seeds that raise funds to fight breast cancer, Botanical Interests is also giving away their Sweetheart Seed Collection. This is what you see when you untie the ribbon and open the box (click to enlarge):The Valentine Mesclun lettuce mix has Rubens Red, our family’s most favorite lettuce of all time, included in the mix. I bet you can grow these seeds to full heads of lettuce instead of as mesclun if you wish. And did you see this collection includes roses from seed? They are miniature roses, hardy to zones 4 to 5. They would be perfect to edge a border.
Luxurious Bar Soap
And because I love it so much, I persuaded them to include a bar of their Basil Poppy Seed Gardener’s Scrubbing Soap. This is the most luxurious soap I have ever used. Did you ever spend hours in the garden happily getting your hands covered with dirt? But then when you finally washed them, they felt dry and irritated? That will never happen with this soap. It is like soap and lotion mixed into one. The poppy seeds help if you’re hands are just a little dirty, say, if you pulled one weed on the way into the house. But you will still need a nail brush if you’ve been seriously gardening. And it doesn’t smell like basil to me. It is a pleasant fragrance, but doesn’t bring basil to mind. But oh! What luxury for my hands! Every time I wash them with this soap, I feel like I’ve taken them to a spa. There is no better way to pamper your favorite gardener.
How to Enter
If you’d like to receive these items to give to your favorite gardener (even if that’s you), leave one and only one comment below, making sure you include your email in the comment form. The winner will be randomly chosen, so what you say in the comment does not affect your chances of winning. However, I’d like to know if you’ve grown any of the seeds that are being given away, or if you have a favorite Botanical Interest seed that you want to recommend. You must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada. This giveaway ends at midnight Eastern time on Sunday, February 6. Winner will be chosen by random number generator. I received the cosmos, seed collection and soap to aid in the development of this post and to trial for possible future review.
Update: The Winner!
anita maher-lewis was chosen by random number generator. She has been notified by email to contact Botanical Interests. Thank you all for visiting Cold Climate Gardening and taking the time to comment.