Every year I plant a memory garden. I sow seeds that remind me of dear friends; like our friendship the seeds flourish.
The sweet flowers of Nicotiana remind me of my friend and garden mentor, Janie. Years ago she introduced me to Tobacco ‘Lime Green’; it was love at first sight. The flower color is the softest shade of green, it grows 3′ high. I sow nicotiana seeds inside and when the soil is warm I plant the seedlings in the garden. Two other nicotiana that I love are: Tobacco ‘Bella’ with pink and white flowers, it grows 5′ high and Tobacco Woodland with cascading white star flowers, it grows 4-5′ tall. Nicotiana grow in sun to partial shade; they look lovely tucked here and there in your garden.
Tobacco ‘Lime Green’
Tobacco ‘Woodland’ planted by my compost pile.
Tobacco- Nicotiana seed source: Select Seeds-antique flowers
The lovely blossoms of the Purple Hyacinth vine remind me of my dear friend, Shirley. A couple years ago she gave each of the ladies in our book club a dried pod; the pod held a gift of Purple Bean Hyacinth seeds. The seeds grew into a vine with lovely lilac and raspberry colored flowers. I grew my vine on a trellis; it can also be trained to grow on a porch railing, shrub or fence. I sow my Hyacinth seeds in the garden when the soil is warm.
Bean Purple Hyacinth
Bean Purple Hyacinth Seed Source: The Cook’s Garden
The delicate flowers of Breadseed Poppies remind me of my BFF, Beth. Last year tucked inside one of her beautiful handmade cards was a gift of Breadseed Poppy seeds. March of last year I sprinkled the tiny seeds on top of the frozen ground in a sunny part of my garden. The tiny silvery plants grew to be 3-4′ high. The blossoms resemble a water color painting. At the end of the summer, the seed head dries and turns brown; inside are thousands of tiny black seeds. If you save the seeds in a paper bag in the refrigerator, you can sprinkle them on the frozen ground in March.
Heirloom Pepperbox Poppy
Pepperbox Poppy seed heads
Heirloom Pepperbox Poppy Seed Source: Renee’s Garden
The vibrant flowers of Nasturtium remind me of my dear sister, Terrie. The first time I saw Nasturtium was in her garden; brilliant shades of orange and red blossoms spilled over her window boxes. I start my Nasturtium seeds inside and plant the seedlings in the garden when all danger of frost is past.