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« on: December 30, 2005 10:53:40 AM »

Tis the season for seed and gardening catalogs.  I don't know about you folks, but browsing through them and making my lists for the 2006 growing season really helps me through the winter blahs.

Anyone have any experience with ordering through the Jung catalog?  I've never ordered anything with them and I'm curious about what I'm in for.

Anyone else getting ready for spring already?  Wishful thinking???
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2005 07:27:05 AM »

Almost every day, I get a new seed catalog.  I drool over the pictures of the vegetables, and dream of all the flowers.  I'll be doing that for the next couple of months, before reality sets in.  I only have a lot that is 130' X l00'  and my house, garage and a spring take up quite a bit of that.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2005 08:03:11 AM »

I'm glad I'm not the only one.  I have two close friends at work who are really into gardening too and each one of us brings in our new catalogs and trade off.  We've got quite a hefty order going so far, but it's exciting to plan for warmer weather.  Now, if only it would just get here faster!
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2006 08:31:58 PM »

This is so funny, we have had freak weather here in TN (today it got to a little over 65!!!) and all I could think about today is getting pitch black dirt under my fingernails. I would LOVE a link to some of the seed catalouges that you use so I can put up a semi-tutorial to prepare our gardeners here for the upcoming season!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2006 06:03:17 AM »

Ugh, I know the feeling!  I'm going stir crazy and it's only January!  I'm normally not this bad at this time of year, but like you, we've had freak weather in NY too and I think it's making me think Spring or something.

Catalogs...let's see.  Well, I get the obvious ones like:

http://www.jungseed.com/  They've got some really great deals in the sale insert of the 2006 catalog.

http://www.burpee.com

and

http://www.parkseed.com

but my personal favorite is the Martha Stewart of all seed catalogs:

http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com...I drool over this book all year long.

I've also heard these people are wonderful too, but I've never ordered from them before:

http://www.seedsofchange.com/


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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2006 06:42:38 AM »

Talk about freaky weather!  Last month we had 15 inches of snow, and sub zero temps.  Now it's above freezing and it's raining.  I was jolted out of bed at 5:30 this morning by a boom of thunder and a shivering Shih tzu  This is Wisconsin.

I get all the the above catalogs plus:
Pinetree Garden Seeds
www.superseeds.com

The Cooks Garden
www.cooksgarden.com

Territorial Seed Company
www.territorialseed.com

R. H. Shumway'y Garden Guide
www.rhshumway.com
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2006 07:02:03 AM »

I haven't personally, but plan too.  My uncle passed away last year... had an awesome garden and claims it was all because he used their seed.  He's swore by them for years.
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2006 09:15:36 AM »

GloryB, thanks for the links!  I've ordered through a few of these companies before, but I'm not familiar with The Cooks Garden.  They're good, eh?  They've got a nice site.  Can't wait for the catalog to arrive.

kd, sorry to hear about your uncle!  I hope you continue his legacy by working in his or your own garden.  It's a wonderful way to relieve stress, too!  I personally lost a few close friends within the last ten years or so, and I'm working on little memorial gardens for each of them now that I have a house of my own.  I chose one flower for each friend and laminated a photo of each of them.  When the flowers start coming up this spring/summer, I'll put their photos in the garden among the flowers.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2006 11:43:05 AM »

I've never ordered from Cook's Garden.  It's a smallish catalog, and all of the illustrations are drawings instead of photos.  The Shumway catalog is all drawings, too.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2006 12:08:57 PM »

I was running errands this morning and I SWEAR I looked up at my cars thermometer thingy and it said 75!!! Shocked

I googled a bunch of seed companys and I sent off for all of their catalouges. Hopefully Ill get them soon and we can talk hyacinths!!!
Do yall have any pictures of plants grown from any of the companies that you would mind my posting???
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2006 01:30:18 PM »

Here is a snap of the Buddleia I got from Parks last year



Here is the Butterflyweed I got from Burgess 2 years ago.  More about the butterfly weed here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=45483.0



The Castor Bean that I got from Gurneys, posing with my shivering Shih tzu, that got me up at 5:30 this morning



When it dries up, I'll take a picture of my Harry Lauder's walking stick that I got from Parks last year
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2006 02:18:45 PM »

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures to share.  I just bought my first house last summer and we didn't have time to get the garden ready before winter.  In the past I've stuck with little tiny gardens at the apartments I've rented.  Oh, and I worked mostly with container gardens last year.  I'll have to look around to see if I have any pictures of my great great grandmother's morning glories.  My mom managed to score the seeds from my grandmother and she's trying to bring them back.  Her yard is LOADED with them and I've grown them everywhere I've lived.  The colors are really rare...can't find them around anywhere, but I like the idea of planting them everywhere.  If I can find the pictures I'll post.

GloryB, butterflies must LOVE your garden!  From the pictures you've posted I guess they do.  Any luck with hummingbirds?  I had one who hoved around in my garden and would not let another hummingbird near the feeders or the flowers.  Weird.  Must be a territorial thing. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2006 02:33:20 PM »

I came across one picture that I had saved from two years ago.  I think I have more...I'll post later.



My great great grandfather planted these in his yard (now my grandmothers yard) and my mom took some of the seeds a few years back.  I love planting these around.  It's almost like spreading around a little bit of antiquity, if only in a few backyards.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2006 06:32:57 AM »

archer,  Almost everything I plant is to attract hummers and butterflies, and Ive been pretty sucessful so far.  Late DH and I just bought this house mid-summer 03, then he got sick and passed away in the summer 04.  So I really didn't do much with the yard until last summer.
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Oh, GloryB, I'm so sorry to hear about your husband.   Cry
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2006 08:13:27 AM »

Im so sorry for your loss also!!!!
On a lighter note, all of your flowers look absolutely amazing. This makes me want to do a seed swap with you!!! Hey.... a seed swap might not be such a bad idea.....
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2006 10:54:36 PM »

Thanks dear! He lived a long, full life and after suffering several strokes, the time was right.  I've started a garden numerous times... but have goats that are REALLY good at breaking through the fence.  (argh)  The goats will be gone and hopefully I'll be able to enjoy fresh tomotoes this year.  I've had such a craving for mesclun and raspberry vinigrete......yummmmmm
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2006 12:25:31 PM »

Thank you archer*of*loaf and retroeva
kd,  Sorry you lost your Hubby, too.  My guy had a stroke 4 years ago, so we sold our business and big 2 story house, and bought this smaller ranch style that I have now.  A couple of months after we moved in, he had a heart attack, and spent the last 10 months of his life on oxygen.  It was pretty rough.  I miss him so much.
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2006 05:43:27 AM »

So much sadness on here! Makes me want to run and grab my husband by the waist and never let go.
Honestly (not to get on a tangent) thats why I enjoy gardening so much. I love the fact that I can plant my grandmothers morning glory seeds this March and by April I will have her greeting me every morning. Gardening is so theraputic because you can start with a shoddy patch of land with weeds and roots and in the course of a month or so, you can have a beautiful garden with lovely visitors like butterflies and hummingbirds (not to mention those cute little chickadees!!!).
Geez, is it spring yet?!?!?!?! Huh
SO! Off on that tangent..... On the tutorial I am going to make, I wanted to seperate it up into zones and have a section on contanier gardening. I also wanted to highlight some popular plants that are relatively easy to grow (like petunias, morning glories, snap dragons (ets). So what are some of yalls favirote?
Im a HUGE snap dragon fan.
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2006 09:34:59 AM »

I think my favorite, other than my heirloom morning glories, has to be Dianthus.  Any variety.  I grew them in pots on my front porch last summer and they just exploded!  They're so pretty and very simple, but so easy to care for.  With being busy getting our new house ready to move in, it was nice to just throw them in some pots and let them go.  I love sunflowers too, but they can sometimes be fussy.

Yeah, I have to say that after reading what kd and GloryB had to say about their husbands, I, too, want to hold tight to mine.

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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2006 11:25:51 AM »

You two are so sweet.  Give your guys a hug from me.  Yes, gardening is theraputic.  There something very soothing about the smell of freshly turned earth, and getting your hands in it.  And very hopeful and exciting to plant a seed, and watch it grow and bloom, and fruit.
I did save some of the seeds from my buterfly weed.  I plan to scatter them on the steep bank in my back yard, so that DGD and I can raise more monarchs this summer.  But I'm sure I could spare some.
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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2006 11:44:06 AM »

Mmmm, I love the smell of freshly turned dirt.  I planted about 500 bulbs in my front yard back in November and that smell made me realize that it was probably the last time I'd smell it until Spring.  That's so sad.  I'd love to live someplace where I could garden year round, but then again, I'd miss winter too much.  Besides, winter gives me an excuse to spoil my houseplants rotten.  Ha ha.  I say that as if they're my kids.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2006 12:33:50 PM »

It's a good thing I'm on a rural mail route.  Today's mail brought me:
Select Seeds
www.selectseeds.com

Jackson & Perkins
www.jacksonandperkins.com

Thompson & Morgan
www.thompson-morgan.com

Gardeners Supply Company
www.gardeners.com

Farmer Seed and Nursery
www.farmerseed.com

Nancy's Notions
www.nancysnotions.com

And a couple of tool catalogs.
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2006 02:15:01 PM »

Funny you should mention it because I came home to most of those catalogs too!  Great stuff!
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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2006 04:51:24 PM »

Gah! I need seed catalouges! My DH and I decided not to move this year after the first frost so I didnt get a chance to plant any bulbs. Im heart broken. By the time we move out of this duplex, its going to be a butterfly village! Thankfully my hubby is big into plants (he is going to school for botany) so as long as I keep the species non invasive, he is a very happy camper. He ran around Tennessee last summer on an intership with the USDA tracking invasive species. I never knew how bad some of the stuff is. Kudzu, the vine that ate the south!!!
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« Reply #25 on: January 06, 2006 04:19:38 AM »

You should order as many catalogs as you can.  It helps to beat the winter blahs, I swear!!!
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« Reply #26 on: January 28, 2006 01:33:33 PM »

Hi all! Odd no one's yet mentioned the good ole T&M seed catalog, Thompson & Morgan....??
[[[EDITED to add ::: oooops age must be gettin the best of me, at least in regard to eyesight, lol -- sorry, GloryB, you did mention T&M!]]]
Anyway...
Just in-general/ overall, I do believe I've had the best luck with their seeds than with those from anywhere else.  Also almost always found some amazing varieties that weren't available, or were unusually hard to find, anywhere else. 
[[I no longer do this much at all but for many years I was an absolutely *maniacal* indoor-seedstarter.
 Adorable hub -- to whom I too had to go & give a big lovin squeeze! -- built or otherwise devised numerous different seedstarting areas in other homes for my lil um "addiction" -----
then here in our 'retirement house' we ended up with a truly enormous unfinished walkout-type basement, so he  finally felt inspired to go "whole-hog."  ...
Big heavyduty floor-to-ceiling shelves fixed up with rows of daylight fluoro tubes & handy outlets for the heat mats; big workbench or 'potting table' (plain wood door-cabinets & drawer-cabinets topped with long laminate countertop); plus more heavy-duty shelves for the soil & other bags, the trays, the small pots, & all sorts of other stuff that needs storing; even a big ole 'laundry sink' for watering, cleanup, etc.
Really a great setup, and actually it turned out to be the least-expensive among all the other things he's done for me elsewhere over the years.]]
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« Reply #27 on: January 28, 2006 04:19:32 PM »

Ayn,
Thats fantastic!!!! My DH suprised me the other day with my first mini-seedhouse. I bought seeds at the dollar store for impatients and a few veggies.

Has anyone else seen the plant called Fantasy in the Burpees catalouge? It starts with a "p". Perillium I think, anyway... I need it!!!
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« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2006 07:56:45 AM »

Oooh, a walk out basement.  I have one, and I just love it.  No carrying wet laundry up the stairs to hang it out on the line.
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Baker Creek has some really amazing heirloom seeds. The owners take trips all over the world to collect rare seeds--but they aren't too expensive and they are so much more interesting than the same old seeds you see in everyone's garden (not that there is anything wrong with those!).
http://rareseeds.com

I grew heirloom tomatoes last year and they tasted so amazing good. I can't wait!
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« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2006 10:09:04 AM »

As promised a while back, here is a pic of my Harry Lauder's Walking Stick I planted last year.  Sorry it has taken so long.  I couldn't get a good picture until we got some snow.  It just didn't show up with bare ground
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certified organic heirloom seeds from Victoria BC:
www.twowingsfarm.ca
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« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2006 06:43:01 PM »

Thanks for all the great links, guys! I have to admit that when I saw this a couple of weeks ago I ordered every catalogue I could get my hands on. (even if it is a little late to order seeds, a girl can still dream...)
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not technically seeds, but has any one ordered from Interstate Nurseries? I have a HUGE list of plants to get from there, but I'm a little hesitant of the quality. The prices are great though. Any input or info would be great! Happy planting guys!
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« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2007 07:43:17 PM »

This is so funny. I've been plotting out my small 10x5 garden all week. Im a edible plant grower and this year Im also gonna try a grow opp. Someone mentioned a seed exchange, I think that would be great. They do them on yougrowgirl and the list end up so long and different you get things to try that you'd never buy yourself.
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Ooh, I love the idea of a seed exchange! Im a seed hoarder Wink
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« Reply #36 on: March 27, 2007 07:29:36 PM »

I just discovered this thread...heaven!!! Cook's Catalog are fabulous as are seeds of change. Come to think of it...I am so NOT a seed snob...except for Frankentech I'll plant anything. I have a gazillion tomatoes and peppers and leeks and melons  and flowers growing right now under two weak little fluorescent lights and in windows and in "the straw bale  house" (see my thread Grin) and, yes, some of them are spindly, but hope always springs eternal for a gardener!!! I overseed and somehow it works out. I grew up on a truck farm in the midwest(no, we didn't grow Fords, though there were an awful lot of old ones raised up on blocks in the yard Cheesy) and my dad started the whole garden in a couple of  big cold frames next to the compost pile!!!
Look forward to seeing all of this living craft on Craftster  this spring summer and fall!!!!
The only problem with seed hoarding is I find that some seeds just decide to commit suicide if not used in a few years. Cry
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« Reply #37 on: March 27, 2007 08:08:10 PM »

Im such a bad seed hoarder that this year I collected seeds from peppers and melons that I loved. My husband who has almost completed his degree in agriculture informed me that those foods were most likely hybrids and wouldnt grow. I cant help but try! I just bought some confederate jasmine seeds and an orange tree seed from etsy and I can not wait to get them in the mail. As soon as I get them they are going straight into a pot!
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« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2007 04:02:42 PM »

Hello, my name is Goldengrl and I'm a seed hoarder! Yeah I have a ton (mean ton) of seeds and I just finished placing 2 new orders today for more. I hope to start my grow op tonite (as soon as DH brings home the ride). And I'm coveting a meyer lemon tree. I wish I could find one at Home Depot around detroit.
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