It appears that Pinetree Garden Seeds is owned by a couple who 25 humans and one handsome canine working for them. The letter at the beginning of the catalog is hilarious. Apparently, the husband has "shifted his focus from day-to-day operations to a consulting capacity using electronic communications from home to spearhead our marketing strategies and advise me, Donna, his wife, with management decisions." So maybe you and I have different senses of humor, but that's hilarious. And I want Donna to write my next resume.
There are so many gorgeous flowers seeds in this catalog. The Unicorn Plant? It exists, and you can buy the seeds from Pinetree. Lots of pretty poppy seeds. Twenty three varieties of sunflower. Eighteen morning glories, in a variety of purples, reds, blacks, and whites. My beloved Hopi amaranth, although I could list that under vegetables or grain plants.
Craft kits and gift sets. Soap making kits, herbal bath gift sets, seed sprouting gift sets, paper making kits.
Random stuffs: animal shaped cookie cutters, pet stuff, gardenopoly game...
Unusual seeds. Like the aforementioned unicorn plant/devil's claw, a couple varieties of tobacco, henna, indigo, black hollyhock, armenian cucumbers, white borage.
Tomatoes from here until autumn.
They sell my beloved Tigerella seeds. They accurately describe them as tangy heavy yielders, but don't mention their tendency to split in late summer. Or maybe that's just me.
Climbing Triple Crop, Sungella, Gardener's Delight, Cosmonaut Volkov, Black Krim, Big Rainbow...
They've got a variety called the Mortgage Lifter. "The story is that a gentleman named Radiator Charlie bred this variety with crosses between German Johnson, Beefsteak, and other other varieties. He was able to earn enough selling the seed to pay off his mortgage during the Depression. They are very large, pink skinned, and very sweet tomatoes." Doesn't that make you hot?
What about the Peach Blow Sutton? This variety has been around since the early 1900's - it's mottled orange and yellow, and allegedly very disease resistant. What's sexier than a "very disease resistant" tomato?
Oh, I know. The Cuostralee, a french heirloom that is a BIG THREE POUNDER tomato, and is a deep sultry red. yowza!
Geez, I'm totally revealing my garden nerdery. I fuckin' LOOVE seed catalogs and fantasizing over gardens...
What I'm thinking about ordering (a brief, incomplete list):
Round Black Radish - gorgeous contrast between the inside and outside of the radish.
Penguin Gourd (AKA "calabash" gourd"), or maybe the birdhouse gourd
Parsnips - Hollow Crown. Because the name sounds like a euphemism. and I've never eaten/grown parsnips
More tomato seeds. I'd like a really sweet one, I think.
Maybe I'll order some irises. There's a lovely one called Orange Harvest that's unusual and beautiful.
Love-in-a-mist, really pretty flowers.
uh, this could go on for a very long time...