I like the packaging for these seeds, there's a minimal thing going on. It seems seed suppliers the world over are creating increasingly beautiful packages, veritable works of art in fact so it seems a shame to tear them open when really they should be framed.
This year I've bought seeds from Thompson and Morgan, Sarah Raven and Vilmorin. I've purchased Cosmos 'Tetra de Versailles and 'Purity', Amaranthus, Nasturtium 'Empress of India' various Nicotiana, Cleome, Cobaea (the cup and saucer plant) plus many, many more. Altogether too many as I treat over ordering as an unavoidable hazard.
This is my first order from Sarah Raven's Kitchen and Garden. Sarah Raven has been one of the key presenters on the BBC's Gardeners' World programme and runs a cookery and gardening school at Perch Hill farm in East Sussex, England. Furthermore, Sarah is a celebrated writer and penn'd my favourite gardening book, The Bold and Brilliant Garden which also features stunning photography by Jonathan Buckley.
So it's all systems go over the coming weeks as I start sowing under glass and playing the usual cat 'n' mouse game with the weather, covering the cold frames when frost is forecast, ventilating when the mercury shoots up, you all know the score!
Finally and just for good measure here's a photo of another impulse buy. Is there no cure?
These Lilies will look beautiful on the terrace growing in a terracotta pot.