LOL I know. The amaryllis were very enticing, but I stayed away knowing that I have several dozen in the basement which have been ignored for the last several months! Poor orphans... I wonder what I can do to rescue them...
I hit the seeds pretty hard, though, and then went on to Renee's Seeds website and Specialty Perennials seeds. I really caught the seed 'bug' the other night...
I skimmed through the seeds and bought a prepackaged amaryllis "gift" for my helper. $13.90 shipping - ouch! I compared that with going to Home Depot getting presumably an inferior bulb w/ no pot. Plus a bunch of seeds that I didn't need. I hope that bug isn't too contagious!
I wish they'd do different shipping minimum charges for seed-only orders. Generally, I don't order seeds from Parks unless I'm ordering stuff from them anyway -- it just isn't worth paying the freight to me, and I know I'll eventually place an order for "stuff" from them at some point! (I'd better place an order at some point... my mom really wants some of those polka dot plants again next year, and they turned out to be easy and fun to grow from seed!)
A surprising number of seed companies start their shipping charges at $5 or $6, even if you just want one little packet of seeds... That's one thing I like about Garden Store 'n More (free shipping), run by one of our own DG members (check the Classifieds) -- http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/788472/
(I don't know Tricia, but I've ordered seeds from her & been happy with them.)
Nice to meet a former Alamedan! Alas, no sunny garden for me; I have a really shady garden. -We live in one of the Victorian neighborhoods of central Alameda, and our house is on a corner lot surrounded by enormous 100+ year old street trees. To top it off, they are camphor trees, which are evergreen, so it's shady all year long! Our neighbors behind us have a row of huge acacia trees (which are also evergreen) so the backyard is shady too... (Sigh) O.K., it's time to remind myself that I have come to really enjoy shade gardening.
I have been trading all fall, so the seed box didn't really need any new friends moving in, but I couldn't resist that sale. I picked up:
Browallia, Skyblue bush violet
Calceolaria, Anytime blended mix
Cerinthe major var. Purpurescens, Kiwi Blue
Nasturtium, Alaska Gold
Viola, Bilbo Baggins
English daisy, Strawberries & Cream
Runner bean, Hestia
Tomatillo, Toma Verde
Viola, Blue Perfection
Digitalis, Pink Champagne
Oooh. I was hoping you lived in one of those older beauties! We lived in Bellina Village (sp?) when my husband was on the USS Ranger (many years ago!) and we would drive around and admire the old victorians. Later we lived for many years in SF. We spent lots of nights at the Acapulco Restaurant---is that still there?--kind of a sailor hangout, as I recall!
Your seed list is intriguing. I do not know cirinthe, browilla or calceolaria, but your collection sounds lovely. I can just see the foxglove in your garden on the corner!
Ballena Village, off of Central? Or then there's Marina Village, down by the Webster Street Tube... Yep, Acapulco's is still going strong and being run by the third generation of the original family. It's no longer a sailor hang-out, though. The base was closed in 1997, and the developers and politicians have been fighting over what to do with it ever since. Fortunately, Alameda voted in a charter measure in 1972 that doesn't allow the construction of multiple dwelling units. -It was a grassroots effort passed to keep developers from tearing down the Victorians to build apartment buildings. (An average of 15 houses a week were being torn down.) Anyways, if it stands, it will keep a bunch of high-rise condos from being jammed onto the end of our little island.
P.S. You read my mind; I am planning on planting the foxglove on the sideyard by the corner!
That wouldn't be so great (to have all those condos) but the navy does have the talent to pick some of the most scenic and beautiful real estate in the bay area and I'm sure the developers covet it!
We were in Ballena Village off Central near the naval air station. We also lived in an apartment out by the shopping center near the other end of the island along the beach (can't remember the street name). Very pretty area and lots of beautiful gardens there at that time 1972/74. It's probably quite different now.
I look forward to seeing some pictures of your flowers and garden! t.
You lived on Shoreline Dr. near the Southshore Shopping Center, which has been completely overhauled in the past year and renamed Alameda Towne Centre (Yucky name) We have a Trader Joes and a Bed and Bath there now -Yay! Otherwise, most of Alameda probably looks almost exactly like it did the day you left...
Of course! Don't the Elves bring you presents? Sheesh! I get presents from the Reindeer, the Dwarves, Gandalf, Frosty, . . . gee, just about everyone, including Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Oh, and My Dave gets me presents too.
Of course, they are not all expensive presents. Frosty usually gets me mitts or socks, for instance. Elves are very in-tune with nature, so naturally, they will give me seeds!
The main web page says: When you check out enter "2007" into the coupon box as you are checking out and click "redeem".
I like Specialty Perennial seeds for their variety and low prices. But a few people have found their customer service wanting...
I have been having a good time poring over the seeds I have purchased, collected, and traded for this fall...a part of gardening that is new to me, but a lot of fun! Nothing else is getting done around here...