Friday, February 25, 2011

Seeds..... of change?


















It's that time of year.  I've been browsing my seed catalogs and online to pick out seeds to start inside, in my greenhouse or in my garden.  I whittled down my wish list and placed orders at Park Seed and Burpee. I now have a boxful, waiting to be planted.

This one I got locally, at the Food Coop.  It is an heirloom cucumber much like my much loved lemon cucumber.


















And pumpkins.... lots and lots of pumpkins.


















These look fun...



















I just LOVE the French pumpkins....


















My favorite tomato, the San Marzano.  I haven't had a lot of luck with these but for $1.89 (with 40% off) I keep trying...



















Of course, lots and lots of Zinnias.... Peppermint Stick is one of my favorites.


















The green Jarrahdale Pumpkin is shaped much like the French Pumpkins, and IS a gorgeous shade of green...


















Another French Pumpkin and Pepperoncini Peppers.



The super cool, striped Beets I grew last year.  AND they come in a variety of colors!


















Look at all of these packets, can you believe an entire garden will soon burst forth out of these little paper envelopes?  Lots and lots of zinnias, pumpkins, impatiens, marigolds, sunflowers and other flowers and veggies.


















Like so many of you, I'm impatiently patiently waiting for spring,



linking up to
Farm Friend Friday











at Verde Farm

25 comments:

  1. Hi Chris, looking at your darling seed packets makes me sooo anxious to get out in my own garden and start planting!... I love that you grow so many pumpkins, I love to do that, then come Fall it is so much fun to pick out your own from your very own garden!... I have never seen those peppers on a stick, please post them when they are grown!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  2. The seed packet itself is worth the price of admission! Cute! I need to get going...it is all over for us come the end of June..too hot!

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  3. All looks so great. I love the seed packages to me those are keepers just cause they look nice lol. I would love to have a little green house maybe one day ! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Great work! The Jarrahdale are my absolute favorite for all things pumpkin!

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  5. The seed packages are pieces of art work. Our seem so drab in comparison. I think I would keep those packages in my journal they are so pretty.We put our herbs into soil on the window sills yesterday. I can't wait for spring and yet today...............snow.I am 2 hours north east of Toronto.You get my drift about weather.

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  6. Those seed packets are frame worthy!

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  7. Do you have a link... I'm loving those

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  8. I love the seed packages. I would buy some even if I did not like what was in it. I love all vegetables and can't wait to get in my garden. B

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  9. Ooohh I dream of Zinnias. They have to be one of my favorite flowers. I am anxiously awaiting to get mine started as well. I want to make sure we are past all these cold spells!

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  10. Are you still in Toronto?
    Just the packaging and pictures on the seed packages are exciting! I have never seen ones like them..they are kind of like art!

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  11. I'm loving all your seeds, especially the french pumpkins and striped beets. To bad will we have to wait until summer to see the harvest.

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  12. Chris,

    I'm so happy you mentioned lemon cucumbers. I tried them last year and nobody knew what I was talking about. Yay! I'm happy to hear there is someone out there that likes them too. I have a hard time eating regular cucumbers now. I'll have to try the heirloom variety. Can't wait to see your peppermint stick zinnias in bloom. Beautiful! Come on Spring :) ~M

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  13. I am so excited for you getting your seeds (if I would order mine they might come in the mail too) and sorting through them. I agree with many of the other comments, those seed packets are works or art.

    I know what I will be doing this weekend..Ordering seeds!

    Have a good one!

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  14. I can't wait to follow the progress of your gardens this year. It looks like you'll have a bountiful crop to harvest!

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  15. Those seed packets are so very cute with their adorable pictures on them but of course, what matters is what's inside! I have some envy here b/c I simply have NO ROOM for any of these lovely flowers & veggies but you can provide me with satisfaction as you blog about the progress in your garden! Hope you've had a great vacation and have a safe trip home! xox

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  16. I agree with all the other commentors...lovin' the seed packets and there are some interesting varieties there too! link??

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  17. Good picks! My fingers are itchin' too to get in the garden. I got some seeds last week in the mail too, but mine never come with cute pictures on the front. Whatever happened to those old fashioned looking beautifully colored seed packets?
    Anyway, Can't wait to see all these goodies of yours when they are ready. Take lots of pics of the pumpkins for sure!

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  18. I love those peppermint stick zinnias too. I can admit I'm getting impatient for spring, and I'm jealous of the greenhouse!

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  19. I'm dreaming too! Love all of your seed choices. I wish I could successfully grow all of those things I love! I'm really great at growing okra, apparently. Good thing we like it ;) The heirloom tomatoes... poor babies get the dreaded blight every year. But the few we have are so yummy! This year I have high hopes for some white pumpkins and other goodies in the manure pile. Hey, that worked one year in the past! Have a great weekend, and keep on thinkin' Spring! -Tammy

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  20. Wow-what a collection you have ready to go. I need to get to ordering myself. I just love all you have picked. I am not familiar with the french pumpkin--gotta check that one out. I’ve been going through the spring magazines you sent me--I LOVE them and I’m getting some great ideas. I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying my gift--I’ll be posting my wonderful box of goodies on Monday too :) Hope your trip was wonderful!!
    Hugs, Amy

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  21. Spring sure seems a long way off from here. The unseasonable snow has us all stumped.

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  22. Everything looks so good and those packets are very pretty!! :) It will be here before we know it, hopefully! ;) I can't wait to see how your garden grows. :)

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  23. I love seed catalogs. I love thinking about planting. I freeze in some sort of panic, though, when it comes to actually picking out what I want to plant...and where to plant it!
    We had the striped beets last year - they were great!

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  24. Hello from Texas. We already have so much in the ground because of our warm temps. It is so hard to read how everyone else seems to have to wait for warmer temps...but when we are croaking because it is sooo hot outside...ya'll will be very comfy in temperature.
    I try to plant only heirlooms...I would love info on where you got yours from please.I have never seen those beets or the lemon cucumber.Would love to give it a try.

    Thank you, Cindy

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  25. Love those beets! Your garden pictures are always sweet, cant wait to see it again this year!

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