Happiness is not something I usually discuss publicly but today I am brimming with it. Sure, the world is currently a bit crazy—and I acknowledge and care about that—but right here at my house, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. I joke not, seriously, and I mean this both figuratively and literally.
For me, seed collecting currently feels like opening tiny gifts wrapped in crinkly sun-dried seed pod papers. Funny that after that is done, I wrap them up in cute little origami envelopes and store them until they are sold in my online store! As many of you know, Christmas shopping often begins early and as usual, I am seeing sales from early shoppers. When I hear that folks are buying seeds for someone for Christmas though it makes me so happy. These are gifts that will give back in return if properly cared for by a gardener—sometimes for years!
Milton's Garden Menagerie (located on Etsy.com) has been a wonderful experience for a chronically ill woman who was terribly confused about how to take that next step in her life. At first I wasn't really sure what I was doing with it and I doubted myself a great deal, but now that it has been almost 2 years and as it nears a viable business status, I think I can say I did it mostly—for the love of seeds! Saying that loud and proud makes me happy today too.
Each time I collect seeds it's exciting no matter where I am. When I collect seeds from plants I've grown from seed it is even more exciting. This year, for the first time, my gardening friend down the street is letting me harvest from her garden too. Since she is 100% natural in her garden I have no problem collecting her seeds—especially when they are from plants I have sold to her at some point.
Here are plants I've grown from seed that I am collecting seeds from this year for my Milton's Garden Menagerie harvest:
|Tube Clematis, Clematis heracleifolia.|
|Variegated Honesty, Lunaria annua 'Variegata'.|
|Heirloom White Single Hollyhock, Alcea rosea.|
|Cardinalflower, Lobelia cardinalis.|
|Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica.|
|White Rose Campion, Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' or Silene coronaria 'Alba'.|
|Maximilian's Sunflower, Helianthus maximilianii.|
|Sticky Monkey Flower, Mimulus cardinalis.|
|Bottlebrush Grass, Elymus hystrix.|
Then there are the plants I did not grow, but from which I am able to harvest seeds from this year.
|Sticky Phacelia, Phacelia viscida.|
|Smoke Tree, Cotinus coggygria.|
|Blue Love-in-a-Mist, Nigella damascena.|
|Tall Alumroot, Heuchera chlorantha.|
|Lewis Flax, Linum lewisii.|
|Pale Corydalis, Corydalis sempervirens.|
Adding to all the hectic seed collecting there are the other things too. On my most recent trip to the Seattle area I came home with this gem. It, along with many others, will be planted in the coming weeks.
More happy news to come in the following week so stay tuned!