Seed catalogs should carry a warning label "Beware, this may be hazardous to your …." You fill in the blank.
There is a certain addictive quality to them. You know that all you really need are parsnips and lettuce. OK and maybe you'll swing for those nice heirloom tomatoes you tried last year. Mind you that kale would be fabulous for fall. Oh and just look at those new zinnia…. And so it goes on . Before you know it you've ordered twenty packets.
Last night I sent my daughter the link to possibly the most dangerous of the online seed catalogs; Renee's Garden. BIG mistake. She's getting married (in our garden) this summer and I was looking for easy to grow annuals that we could use for cutting so I sent her links to a few ideas that would work with her chosen color scheme of soft-blue green and gentle sunset tones.
White cosmos is always pretty and the variety 'Seashells' would be delightful with its unusual three dimensional petals while the feathery green foliage would add a softness to bouquets and table settings.
Zinnia can be relied upon for lots of flowers over an extended period of time. I noticed that 'Decor' comes in a blend of chartreuse and warm apricot which would be perfect. To balance these round daisy shapes I thought that spire-like larkspur would add interest and there are several beautiful color blends to choose from.
Determined to be the well behaved, non-overpowering Mother Of The Bride I emailed the links to Katie and asked her what she thought.
Ten minutes later I had a LONG email which went something like this;"Cosmos 'White Seashells' CHECK (& 'Snow Sonata' look really pretty … and 'Little Ladybirds' are gorgeous too…) Zinnia 'Decor' sound so fun!!! (& 'Apricot' sounds fun! The 'Hot Crayon Colors' sounds fun too…) The Larkspur are gorgeous – SO FLUFFY!!!
…I then spent far too much time looking at pretty flowers and I also love all of these: Globe Amarantha 'Mardi Gras' (Pom Poms!!!) Asclepias 'Bright Wings' (fluffy :)) Mina Lobata 'Exotic Love Vine' (not really for flower cutting, but HOW COOL IS THIS FLOWER?!?!) Nigella – White (kind of remind me of spiders, but still awesome) Sunflowers!!!! So many awesome options….Maybe I'll just have rainbow flowers 😀 "
So in just a few short minutes with a seed catalog, the entire color scheme of her wedding had been challenged, I may need an extra greenhouse for all the seedlings and we probably won't have quite as many vegetables in the garden this year since I need to make room for all the flowers!
Enjoy the 2013 catalog at Renee's Garden at your peril. But I warn you, if the new organic vegetable seeds don't get the better of you, her utterly romantic sweet pea blends will. And don't tell your daughter.
What are you growing this year?
All photos courtesy of Renee's Garden