Hudson Valley Seed Company Art Packs
2.37 3.95 $2.37 - $3.95
A collection of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds in diverse and collectible commissioned art packs. Non GMO - all seeds are packed for 2018.
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More about this season's seeds:
- Milkweed, Common - 50 seeds: Monarch butterflies, with their striking striped caterpillars, emerald and gold foiled chrysalis, and tiger striped wing patterns, are one of the most beloved of all butterflies. People flock to witness monarch migrations, but people are also responsible for the species near extinction. Loss of natural habitat and exposure to pesticides due to industrial agriculture practices is threatening monarch populations from Canada to Mexico. Growing wild milkweed- the larva's primary habitat plant- creates a monarch sanctuary in your backyard. The more we grow, the more they can thrive. Cold stratification required: direct sow in fall or early winter into a clean, prepared bed. Or, for spring sowing, sow in deep seed-starting pots about ¼" deep, in rich, damp soil. Cover and refrigerate for 3 weeks. Afterwards, move to a 70-degree, well-lit spot for germination, which can take up to 14 days. Transplant outdoors after frost in an area that can remain a milkweed patch for years.
- Flashback Calendula - 200 seeds: Where do our garden heirlooms come from? From the hands and minds, tastes and visions of many individuals.While some heirlooms are preserved for their history, it's important that we continue to create the heirlooms of tomorrow. Years from now, one of the people gardeners will be telling stories about is Frank Morton. For the last 25 plus years, Frank has been selecting and crossing, discovering, and creating new open-pollinated varieties of lettuce, kale, broccoli, herbs, and flowers. Rather than seek to control, patent, or license these exciting crosses, Frank releases them to the public, encouraging what he calls "Ecological Crop Improvement". We've taken on his exquisite Flashback Calendula series which takes the standard Calendula Officianalis and gives it a new flashy range of colors. We're sure that this mix, which we will continue to re-select over time, as well as Frank's many other introductions, will become contemporary heirlooms. "Heirloom varieties are not the end of the line," says Frank, "they are the beginning of new lines". Select seed from your favorites and create your own artistic interpretation of the Calendula.
- Moon Flower - 25 seeds: Gardening is not just a daylight activity and not your entire garden goes to sleep when you do. Night time is when many growers--and garden visitors--get to enjoy the fruits of horticultural labors. This evening glory blooms in time for your return home from work, sends out its scent for a summer dinner al-fresco, and glows in the moonlight to romance all nocturnal creatures-even night owls. Growing tip: enjoy showy blooms at all hours by letting morning glories intertwine with your Moon Flowers.
- Teddy Bear Sunflower - 100 seeds: There weren't always Teddy Bears. While stuffed animals have a long history, it wasn't until 1902 that the Teddy Bear we know today was perfected. Named after Theodore Roosevelt, the bear was toymaker Morris Michtom's homage to a bear Teddy encountered during a hunting expedition. He refused to kill the bear, as it had been trapped and restrained for him, which to Roosevelt felt unsportsmanlike. The bear became known as Teddy's Bear, and the toy captured the pathos of the moment in its soft, cuddly, utterly un-scary form. This sunflower, in turn, is an homage to the toy--and the bear. Its blooms are like plush golden pillows; its stature is diminutive; its appeal to children is universal; and it is kept alive only by the mercy of benevolent humans.
- Velvet Queen Sunflower - 100 seeds: The deep velvet luster of this sunflower is fit for a queen. Its maroon flower heads nod, turn, and royally wave from their high thrones as they follow the sun's arc across the summer sky. Dress up your sunflowers by growing flowering vines like pole beans and morning glories up the stalks
- Green Zebra Tomato - 25 seeds: Not all the best tomatoes are red. Great garden varieties come in many colors, shades, fades, and bands. This striking striped slicer doesn't belong in a zoo--let it root around and become part of your colorful garden landscape and salad plate, where its green and yellow stripes delight. Diversity should run free!
- Cherokee Purple Tomato - 25 seeds: Now a much loved heirloom tomato, Cherokee Purple was once a little known, unnamed variety. In 1990, Craig LeHoullier, a Seed Saver's Exchange member and tomato connoisseur, received a small package of tomato seeds and a note from John Green of Tennessee. In his note John explained this variety had been given to him from his neighbors, who had received seeds from members of the Cherokee tribe 100 years prior. Craig grew it, savoring the flavor and the unique deep purple color. He thought it was worth sharing so he approached Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Johnny's Select Seeds about making it commercially available under the name Cherokee Purple. They, too, became such big fans of this wonderful variety that an heirloom star was born.
- Edible Flower Mix - 250 seeds: With a range of flavors from sweet to spicy, these flowers not only add bright and elegant beauty to any dish but can impart culinary and nutritional diversity as well. Always gorgeous fresh in a salad, some blooms can also be candied or cooked. Sow mid-season for a second wave of edible blooms in late summer and early fall. Contains Arugula (let flower!), Nasturtiums, Dianthus, Signet Marigolds, Borage, and More.
- Variegated Nasturtium - 25 seeds: The leaves of this nasturtium are mottled white and green, while the flowers are deeply hued pastels. The combination is a striking one, and you may be tempted simply to stand back and behold the plant's beauty. But do get closer--nasturtium is edible! Its leaves and blooms have a nice peppery flavor; they enliven any salad. The immature seeds, when pickled, make a terrific substitute for capers. Nasturtiums can play a starring role in any edible landscape.
- Gift Zinnia - 100 seeds: In its native Mexico, the original zinnia was considered an unattractive weed called "mal de ojos." In the mid-1700s, the German Ambassador to Mexico sent seeds to Johan Gottfried Zinn, a professor of botany who provided the first detailed description of the flower--as well as the first comprehensive anatomy of the human eye. A part of the eye is named after him (the zonule of Zinn), and the botanist Carolus Linnaeus posthumously named the zinnia in his honor. The cut flowers of this variety, Gift Zinnia, are spectacular on their own: a mix of single and double medium blooms. Plants are also medium in height, reaching up to 48 inches by the end of the season.
- State Fair Zinnia - 100 seeds: This antique flower harkens back to the days when the state fair was the place to be. Farmers and gardeners would bring their best harvests to try and win first prize. Keep those days alive in your garden with this heirloom, prize-worthy mix. The 36-48 inch plants produce 4-6 inch blooms that are terrific as cut flowers. Grow your own state fair--colorful fireworks included.
- Polar Bear Zinnia - 100 seeds: Beyond the simple similarities between the white bears and white zinnias, there is a connection that runs deeper and truer between the two species-water. In balance, water is the source of life. Its many forms- rain, snow, glaciers, springs, vernal pools to vast oceans, touch us all. Our gardens bring us closer to this primal element and therefore closer to all life- no matter how far away. Let these flowers remind you, we are all reflections of our environment. When you gaze into these blooms, may you also see the faces of polar bears gazing back- as dependent as you are hanging in the balance of water. White flowers are a wonderful compliment to the garden and in bouquets. These zinnias, with a high ratio of double blooms, are handsome enough to be used as a centerpiece in bouquets.
- Purple Tomatillo - 25 seeds: Tomatillos are a force of a nature. They grow like weeds into lush plants the size of small trees and yield huge quantities of fruit that, in the rights hands, can be turned into spectacularly delicious sauces and salsas. They self-sow readily, tolerate too much water and too little, and attract the eye with their shiny leaves and ornament-like husked fruit. The purple hue of this variety makes for a show-stopping salsa. Overloaded with fruit? Remove the husks, place in zippered plastic bags, and store in the fridge--they'll last several weeks.
- Good Bugs Blooms - 500 seeds: Sow this beneficial mix of annuals in the spring. There's always more to do in the garden than we can do alone, so why not invite some little friends to help out? The green lacewing on this pack will love these flowers and reward your generosity by laying eggs in your garden. The eggs will hatch into "aphid lions," their larval stage, which will voraciously devour insect pests. Get to know and love the good bugs by providing nectar and habitat for them to thrive. This mix includes cosmos, annual gaillardia, several varieties of zinnias, blue cornflower, sweet alyssum, flax, chamomile, and a rotating mix of a few other beneficials.
- German Chamomile - 200 seeds: Our era is twitchy: no matter where we go, no matter when, our senses are hammered by ringtones, vibrations, alarms, and sirens--whirls of images and video clips and ads. The resulting society-wide anxiety is the affliction of our time. While you could choose from dozens of corporate pharmaceuticals to calm your frazzled nerves, you could also try some little apples. This is the name given by the ancient Greeks to the spherical, golden, highly aromatic centers of chamomile blossoms.The ancients realized these morsels had healing properties and used them to treat fever, improve mood, and induce relaxation, in addition to using them in beer-making. In your own garden, you can experience these qualities simply by walking through a patch of chamomile in full bloom: its aroma is both heady and soothing, and its profusion of tiny blooms is truly beautiful.
- Heavenly Blue Morning Glory - 100 seeds: Although not traditionally a wedding flower--as the blooms don't last when cut--the growth habit of the common morning glory is a parable of good relationships. Its vines are strong and grow steadily, but it requires a framework of support to reach its maximum potential. Its blooms come steadily and profusely, but require immediate appreciation, as they last but a single morning before fading. And at its core is a hard-coated seed that can adapt to any circumstance, self-sowing readily and thriving even in difficult soils. In fact, like the best marriages, morning glories produce the most blooms when faced with distress: drought and low-nutrient soils lead to spectacular displays of flowery love.
- Double Click Cosmos - 75 seeds: This selection is a range of pink blooms, from light pink to cranberry. Flowers are mostly double with some plants that produce flowers that closely resemble Seashells Cosmos. Grows to 42" tall. 70 days.
- Shade Garden Mix - 500 seeds: Five low growing, blue hued flower varieties thrive in the shadows, perfect for the corner you might hang a hammock: Five Spot, Baby Blue Eyes, Chinese Houses, Chinese Forget Me Not and Larkspur. Seed in spring into a well prepared 4x10 garden plot and then thin; or start indoors and select a broad assortment of plant type for a good mix. Can also be seeded into a large container.