It took a well known professor and author of poetry to turn my head around growing plants from seeds. A poet who loves to garden, could nothing be better?
A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed, by James Fenton has provided me with a road map of delight. He creates a path through the garden with such imagery you are able to smell the scents and smile at the delightful colors. This little book stays with you long after you finish, I have lost track of the times I have returned to its pages for inspiration. Fenton's words grow, even in the fading light of this very cold winter's eve.
Indulge me for a few moments while I share some of the seeds I turn to each year. None of these are exotic or difficult to find, but they provide me a measure of comfort when I see them in my garden.
I look forward each year to For-Get-Me-Knots, Myosotis sylvatica. Its meaning is one of a connection that lasts through time and plays out each year. The endless self sowing seeds provides a mass of light blue just as we watch winter turn into spring.
How can you say you garden without the bright and symmetrical blooms of Zinnias? There are short ones and tall ones, orange, yellow, pink, and cream. The palate seems endless, allowing you to create whatever you dream. No need to prick and space little seedlings, the more crowded the bed the more beautiful the scene.
(My apologies to Mr. Fenton for my feeble attempt at verse.)
Anthriscus cerefolium 'Chervil', just the name brings forth a smile on my face. Folklore has it that the plant makes one merry, bestows youth upon the aged, and symbolizes sincerity. The Greeks called this plant Chaerophyllon, "That which rejoices the heart".
Impatiens balsamina waves its flag of lush green foliage, the flowers are jewels peeking between the leaves. The plants stand at attention in the waning days of summer when others are fading or have already gone by.
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