Why, why, why am I so obsessed with seed packets? Buying them, arranging them, counting them, arranging them again, categorizing them, photographing them. What is going on? If it was shoes I could understand but it’s not it’s seed packets.
This is by far my favourite time in the gardening calendar – sowing time. This year I’ve already sowed Tomatoes, Aubergine, Chilli Peppers, Artichokes, Melon (Watermelon and Charentais), Peas, Chard, Salvia, and Sweet Alyssum, Lettuce, Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage and Broccoli. Yes, sowing time is definitely for me.
Of course I’m excited about the coming season but more than that I simply couldn’t wait to get my seed packets out. I’ve been thumbing through them all winter, buying more and checking stores. Apparently, it’s my new hobby.
I put it down to having an obsession with little things. Boys you won’t understand this so don’t try, but girls remember when you just loved everything in miniature? Specifically, for me it was tiny pencils that fit into tiny plastic pockets, that had ribbons attached so you could hang them from key chains etc. Very small rulers that fit neatly into impossibly small pencil boxes that also fit neatly into my miniature purse. Tiny locks, with tiny keys. But best were the diminutive erasers that were actually small things but made into rubber. For instance, my favourite eraser was a petite music record that fit into a equally petite sleeve. It was totally impractical and unusable but then that didn’t matter because I had NO intention of ever using it.
It was for display only. I would look at it, arrange it differently, counted how many erasers I had, draw pictures of them, and then locked them in a box for safety.
Weird. Huh? I’m not like that now of course. I’ve moved on.