atmoic red carrots, lunar eclipese squarsh, humdinger peppers, queen of sheba basil, rosalita lettuce, erbette chard, lacinato kale, osaka purple mustard greens, ameliore dandelion greens, imperial star artichoke, jersey knight asparagus, fin des bagnols bush beans, matilda pole beans, dominator brussel sprouts, gigante cardoon, iznik cucumber, india paint eggplant, sugar baby watermelon, charentais melon, king richard leeks, walla walla sweet onions, big mama tomatoes, speckled hound winter squash, swedish peanut fingerling potatoes, and dancing spirits hot peppers.
By the names, you might think these are rock bands, but you would be wrong. These are some of the thousands of vegetable seeds available for purchase. Even if you narrow it down to organic and heirloom, you are still looking at hundreds of varieties.
I can’t help myself. The names get me. My desires are bigger than my garden. I am entranced by the names, but also by the packaging. Either its my training as a graphic designer or my belief that the medium is the message, these little envelopes are good salesmen.
This Christmas, I was given a special gift. A package of seeds from The Hudson Valley Seed Library. Never heard of it. I quickly googled.