I love getting seed catalogues in the mail. It’s like, I need to make myself a cup of tea every time, sit down with the catalogue, look carefully over every single page and make notes of flowers that would compliment the perennials in my gardens. Just a habit, hah.
In the last few weeks I have received catalogues for Stokes, Vesey’s, Thompson & Morgan and Richter’s. I end up circling a few dozen that I would love to try as I desperately try to remember one of my “resolutions” for the garden – not to be seduced by all those pretty catalogue pictures.
I ordered a few packets from Summer Hill Seeds which were mostly dahlias – I want to try my hand at these lovely flowers. A lady in my parents’ neighbourhood grows them in her garden and they are breathtaking. My understanding with dahlias is that they will develop tubers and I can lift them for the winter in my zone 5. I will most likely take pictures of the growing process when I start them at the end of March-ish, along with petunias and lavatera.
Last summer I grew giant cactus zinnias in the garden and they looked amazing, so I ordered five varieties from Seedman to try out. Zinnias are one of the easiest annuals to grow from seed and germination is very quick.
I think I might try growing a gardenia plant in the house since it is too cold here in the winter to be planted in the garden. I have loved this flower ever since I was a little girl – so pretty and the fragrance is wonderful. I’m wondering if they are hard to start from seed ? I would like to try a few other tropicals from seed to grow as houseplants.
Time to look around some more. I’m sure there will be another post later with more seeds I have purchased.