I’m an “out of sight, out of mind” person. And every year, when the seed catalogs arrive, I spend weeks poring over them before placing my orders. Once those orders have been placed and the catalogs put away, I promptly forget what I ordered.
When the seeds arrive in my mailbox, I find myself saying “I wonder what I ordered from . . . “. It’s like getting a surprise gift in the mail. This year, I forgot that I had ordered herbs besides German chamomile. I remember ordering the chamomile because I love chamomile tea and want to start a patch in my garden.
When I opened my “presents”, I discovered that I had also ordered hyssop and marshmallow. I ordered the hyssop as a kind of backup. I had purchased hyssop at Spring Flower Fair last year, but it didn’t do well and I’m not sure that it will survive our exceptionally cold winter.
The marshmallow was ordered not to make marshmallows which are made from the roots of the plant, but for its lovely flower. Although I might be tempted down the road to try and make marshmallows from it.
Hyssop and marshmallow are both perennials and German chamomile readily self-sows in the garden so all three are excellent candidates for wintersowing. I use the gallon jugs from the spring water that I use in my coffeemaker, first planting my seeds in them, and then recycling the plastic jugs after I plant out my seedlings. I’m a big believer in reusing and recycling.
I’ll post pictures in the spring when the seeds have germinated.