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Friday, January 23, 2009

A Chance To Win Free Seeds From Botanical Interests

Thanks to the generous people at Botanical Interests, you have a chance to win six packets of seeds!

Just leave a comment on this post before 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 29th and then sometime after 5:00 PM EST on January 29th, I’ll generate a random number, count down that many comments, and that person will be the lucky winner!

You can either choose to get the seeds shown above, or spend some time over the next few days browsing their website and picking six packets you’d like to have. They’ll ship the seeds to the winner on Monday, February 2, so have your choices ready in case you are the lucky once.

One comment per person, and please provide a link back to your blog where I can find contact info or leave contact info in your comment. (I suppose I ought to say 'void where prohibited', just in case.)

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I’ve already received six packets of Botanical Interest seeds to sow this spring and opened one packet of seeds because every packet says “much more information inside this packet”. How could I resist? I opened a packet of Gourmet Baby Greens Mesclun seeds and was very impressed by all the information.

It really is the most information I’ve ever seen on a seed packet.

Now I’m trying to hold off opening the other packets until I’m ready to sow the seeds. Here’s what I’ve got:

Tomato Bush Ace (Lycopersicon lycopersicum) – I have always grown indeterminate tomato varieties that I train up stakes. I never cage tomatoes! But then I saw these determine, bush type tomatoes and thought, “why not try one, just to see how the other half grows”. The packet says “yields are exceptional for such a large tomato”. I can hardly wait to try them.

Sweet Corn Spring Treat (Zea mays var rugusa) – Who could resist trying a sweet corn that will be ready two weeks earlier than most other sweet corn? Apparently I can’t resist the idea of it. I'm sowing these in the garden just as soon as I think the last frost has occurred.

Sweet Pea ‘Fairytale Blend’ and Sweet Pea ‘High Scent’ (Lathyrus odoratus)– I love sweet peas and even though they do just okay in my garden, I keep growing them because whatever bloom I get is worth giving them a little bit of room and a small trellis to grow on. With these two varieties, I hope to get some nicely scented blooms and some good blooms for cutting.

Sunflower ‘Elves Blend’ (Helianthus annuus) – I think I’m attracted to flower varieties that include the words ‘fairy’, ‘elf’, or ‘sprite’ as part of the name. It implies to me that the plant will be smaller, but have some spunk to it. These sunflowers should top out at 16 – 24 inches tall but I’m not sure what size the flowers will be. I bet they noted that on the inside of the packet.

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Remember, leave a comment to enter to win six packets of seeds from Botanical Interests! The seeds pictured above include:

- Sunflower Goldy Honeybear
- Poppy Peony Double Blend
- Calendula Zeolights
- Basil Dolce Vita Blend
- Carrot Carnival Blend
- Lettuce Valentine Mix

(Addendum: Seeds can only be shipped in the United States. My apologies for not noting this from the beginning.)

100 comments:

Bateman Family 2009 said...

Ohhh how divine!! comment left! Hope I win!!

Marc and Renee said...

The varieties you have sound great!

I really must check out the Botanical Interest website! Maybe I can add to my 35 tomato varieties :)

Thanks for the opportunity for the seeds.

- Marc

Tisa said...

Please count me in! ~ :) Would love to win the seeds! Thanks!

sounders68 [at] gmail.com

Linda Lunda said...

I do think it would be nice to win those seeds!
I think the seedpackage are beautiful!
Though I never ever win things at all.. maby this time? Naaa!
Linda

macGardens said...

ok, you make the company sound interesting. Free seeds, why not?

beckie said...

Carol, what fun! Always interested in getting more seed and some of these sounds very interesting. Can't wait to see your bush tomamto and the sweet corn.(do you think you'll have enough to share?) :} I have an email address on my site.

Sylvia (England) said...

Carol, what lovely seed packets. I admired these before when you wrote about them. I am not surprised that you find it hard not to open them for all the extra information, waiting for sowing dates just got harder. If you can't send the seeds to the UK, the packets with do!!

Best wishes Sylvia (England)

VP said...

What a fab prize - packets that are an artform, containing lovely seeds! What more could a gardener wish for?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh yes, it would be great fun to win a packet of seeds. A fun way to begin the growing season.

Darla said...

This is great, I have a seed sickness please count me in!!

rusdar@hotmail.com

mr_subjunctive said...

We do carry a lot of Botanical Interests seeds at work already, but, tragically, they're not free. This would be better.

Karen S said...

Seeds, seeds, seeds...I am surrounded by seeds and am only limited by imagination and space in my gardens. These packaets look wonderful and Botanical Interests is among the choices this year, based on your earlier post.

karens62@gmail.com

Joanna said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I really need to be getting on top of ordering or buying my seeds for this year soon...

(my email address is on my blog)

sjp8987 said...

Comment made! Thank you for this offer!

Samantha

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Seeds, glorious seeds! I'd so love to win them! ... I'm singing to the tune of "Food, Glorious Food" from OLIVER. Shall I continue?

patientgardener said...

Ohh seeds - I am completely addicted to growing things from seed to the point where I dont really care what it is!!!!

Cheryl said...

All the excitement of an internet lottery...I wanna win!!!!

Earth Girl said...

As a relative newbie to vegetable gardening, I hope I win so I can try some new edibles.

Phillip said...

Sounds like fun, count me in!

Robbie said...

How fun! Multicolored carrots! (OK for a 3-year-old that's quite impressive!)
Have a great day!

Terry said...

Oh yes! I want to win some seeds from Botanical Interests. They are one of the places I want to order seeds from this year!

not undecided said...

I ordered a few packets on your recommendation, and would love to have more! Thanks for pointing them out and offering these!
Amy

Stacy said...

Oh how I need seeds! Being a novice gardener I am quite oft to killing my poor seedlings - did pretty good last year though - except my pumpkins and lettuce. Having the husband build two more garden beds though! Can't wait till this Indiana weather warms so I can go play in my garden dirt!

Anonymous said...

Ok, it didn't show up last time. Some day I'll get the hang of this blog comment thing....I would love to win some seeds. :) my email is brijoe@sbcglobal.net. Thanks for the opportunity Carol!!

Daphne said...

Oh dear, more seeds. I'll still hope to win.

Ginger said...

This would be awesome! Thanks for the contest. I enjoy your blog!

Ginger said...

Hmmm you might need an email address huh? ginger_gibson@comcast.net

Nicole said...

I am a big fan of botanical interests. Their seeds were the first I ever brought as an adult, and with great results. Right now I have growing their Tomato Cherry Gardeners Delight, celosia, zinnia, nasturtium, pasilla chile. I had others too, but various pests ate the plants.

deborah said...

I'd love to have these extra seeds! And I do love Botanical Interests. Thanks for making free seeds available. upnorthminn@gmail.com

Jennie said...

Oh, how fun! Count me in!!

Gail said...

I'm in...I love Botanical Interest seeds and the packets are full of info. gail

sliz said...

Oooh. I promised myself that I was going to stop *buying* seeds for awhile, but I think winning seeds would still be ok.

Stormie said...

Pick me, Pick me!

TMC said...

seeeeeeeeeeeeeeds!! :)

Connie said...

I can always make room in my overfull seed boxes for a few more companions!

Kristy "Greenthumb" Guthrie said...

Ohhhh...this is great! I am definitely going to check them out, even if I don't win. Your last post on them definitely "sold" me. :)

Kylee said...

I've just begun to look at and order seeds. I've not yet tried Botanical Interests, although I have referred one of my blog readers to them.

I'd love to win some!

Anne said...

How fun! What gardener doesn't adore free seeds! Thanks for the info...

Amanda said...

Thanks for the opportunity Carol - I've strictly limited myself in my seed-buying this year, so any chance to get around my self-imposed embargo is very welcome!!!

P.S. Word verification is 'jobluv' - we could all do with some of that...

YD said...

I will definitely check out Botanical Interests! Thank you for the info and thank you for doing this "give away". Please count me in.

Carolyn G said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I went to their site and saw they have heirloom seeds and that's fantastic!! I might have to order some for my garden this year.

HelenJ said...

I really don't need any more seeds.... but I still hope I win this! =)
I will link to my blog, I hope that's ok?

Have a nice weekend!
/Helen

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

How fun. I love the art on the packets of the Botanical Interests seeds.
http://www.agardenerinprogress.blogspot.com/

Barbee' said...

Carol, I have named you in my list of Friendly Bloggers. If you'd rather not further the award that is ok with me, but I do want you to know I thought of you. If you would like to see the post CLICK HERE.

ann_was_here said...

what a cute giveaway! i haven't grown any plants in ages and am really itching to start a small garden... there's something so precious about growing a plant from a tiny little seed, love those little sprouts! :)

jodi said...

These giveaways must be good gardening karma for you (and for the seed company) It's really lovely of you to do that and I'm sure the winner will have a blast sowing the new seeds.

Jennah said...

I tried a few seeds last year kind of randomly, and they turned out so well that I want to try again this year. Still kind of scared it may be a colossal failure though - so getting these would make me feel better about taking the leap. Please random number generator, pick me!

Susan said...

You're having better luck than I am with sweet peas then--mine don't bloom at all. But I'd love to try again with some new seeds. thanks for the offer!

1654 Wiggins Creek, Bryson City NC 28713

Lancashire rose said...

I've spent my money on bulbs this spring so some free seeds would come in very handy.

The sister who does not garden said...

I think it would be great if I won the seeds...I would have to donate them to someone, most likely.

Orlando Realtor said...

I would love an excuse to plant some more!

I am enjoying your posts. Thank you for sharing.

getgrounded said...

I'm in! Thanks, Carol

Kevin Curtis said...

So funny, I just bookmarked them yesterday so I could go back later and buy some seeds. Thanks for the chance to win some. :)

Leslie said...

I love Botanical Interests...the seed packets are lovely!

Meems said...

Hi Carol, easy enough... I have ordered Botanical Interest in the past and I ,too, found the information on the inside quite helpful. It would be fun to win some packets. I hope all your seeds do well... they sound like wonderful choices.
Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

Susan Mrenna said...

I have not ordered from Blotanical Interest in the past. Sounds like I better check them out.
Thank you for the contest!

Robin Wedewer said...

Pick me! Pick me, oh random number generator.

(Like I need to feed my seed habit.)

Robin Wedewer, Examiner
bumblebeeblog.com

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Hi Carol, Don't you just love Botanical Interests' seeds? They have quite a few unusual varieties I couldn't find anywhere else, like chocolate flower, clarkia, etc. As avid a seed sower as I am, I have more than enough seeds to last me through 2019 (approx.) so please exempt me from the drawing.

Peggy said...

I don't think my comment went through the first time.
My garden would love to be picked!
http://www.seedandweed.blogspot.com/

Kathy said...

I definitely would like to win some seeds. Spring is just around the corner.
Kathy, the older sister.

Jan said...

I'll have to check out this company since you make it sound so good. I do like to grow things from seed, too.

Jan
Always Growing

Eva said...

Love, love, love Botanical Interests!

Nickie said...

add me to the drawing, please!! :)

stephy said...

With the economy, I'd love to have free seeds!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I was just researching seed catalog companies online getting ready to start my winter sowing. I'd love to try these!

Lacey said...

Ooh, I'd love to win these! Count me in :)

dandy__lions@hotmail.com

kat said...

SEEDS! OH joy, OH bliss! SEEDS! Seeds of Happiness, Seeds of wonderment! Seeds I can plant and me's'a don' care much WHAT they are! (But me's'a does have preferences! *lolol* )

so obviously, I'm in! (*seeds!*)

>^,,^<

Kat Wolfdancer said...

oh dear wrong account...
That's me, there /points upwards
Kat Wolfdancer

>^,,^<

garden girl said...

Very cool Carol. Just what I need to get a head-start on my new little raised-bed veggie garden!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Brandi
lawyer180@yahoo.com

Dreamybee said...

I realize Hawaii is not always considered "in the United States" but if I qualify, I'd love to be in the running!

aveggiegarden said...

I hope I win! Those look great.

Rose said...

I hope #73 is a lucky number (that's me)! I've bookmarked their website to look through later. I love their packaging.

Msrobin said...

Oooh, more seeds, just what I need! Ha! But I can't resist them, so let me join in the fun. Pick me, pick me! LOL

chuck b. said...

I grew Calendula 'Zeolights' two years ago, and at one point, it even involved a link to you.

Diana said...

Carol -- 0ooh - more seeds! Yes, I'd love more seeds. Then I can entertain you all with my antics with them!
http://sharingnaturesgarden.blogspot.com/2009/01/unbelievablejust-unbelievable.html#links

Michelle said...

One can never have too many seeds, plants or books! Thanks for the opportunity.

http://artisticanimal.blogspot.com

Janine said...

How exciting! I am always looking for new seeds to try! (contact me at neenie864@juno.com)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win seeds and hope, fervently that the drought is over!
Peggy
stoneshome at bellsouth dot net

Anissa said...

Add me to the list! I would love to win some seeds -- BI is on my ordering list this year.

The Cheap Vegetable Gardener said...

With the current economy can't turn down free seeds

Dave@The Home Garden said...

Free seeds would be great! Thanks for the contest Carol!

Alina said...

Thanks for the contest. I don't live far from you, I think, so I'll just plant what you plant. ;)

Angela said...

You have peaked my intrest about the inside packet infomation.

Ann D. Travers said...

Hi Carol.
I'd love to join in! Botanical Interests is a great company. They have wonderful selections and provide excellent cultivation information. Lots of fun this is. Thanks!!!

Miriam said...

Ah, seed lust!

Watching the snow come down in Portland, Oregon and waiting for the worms to wake up...

I, too, usually overdose on tomatoes. Fortunately, the canning (and drying and freezing) went well and we are enjoying the fruits of our labor daily. This year, I am planning more shelling beans (blanche and freeze!) and more greens to share. We plan again to expand our winter squash repetoire (so far the plants seem deerproof).

Wishing you all perfect compost and mellower weather,

Blogless Gardener
m.reeber@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, what a great offer! Thanks!

bloodhounder@comcast.net

Stephen McNair said...

Comment in place!

stephen.mcnair at gmail dot com

My Mother's Garden said...

Oh, what fun! I'd be delighted to receive these seeds! Thanks!

wendyusuallywanders said...

I have a long wish list of seeds from this company. They have some excellent mixes for sale and I just plain like looking at the seed packets :-)

Nancy said...

A lovely company, and I have a wish list from it too...

Juniperberry said...

How generous of them! Would be a lovely treat for late January especially up here in Canada.

Kerri said...

Ah, seeds! What a lovely prize! Count me in please Carol. The seed packets are little works of art. Thanks for the opportunity.

Lynn said...

Seeds!!! Count me in I'm always looking for seeds for our handicaped kids garden at school!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Umm, I hate to admit this, but the only thing I've ever grown from seed was a packet of morning glories. I probably need a chance to experiment:)

One Acre Homestead said...

Am I too late??? If not, please throw my name in the hat! I'd love to try out a new company's seeds...they look lovely!

Carol said...

Congratulations to Robbie, commenter number 20, who just won six packets of seeds.

Thanks to all who entered to win... watch for information in a future post on how you can get a second chance to win some seeds!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

rosajrms said...

Am looking right now. New urban farmer - gardner here.

Here's my list:

Beet Early Wonder Organic Seed
Mesclun Asian Salad Mix
Lettuce Leaf Red Sails Seed
Leek Organic Seed
Mustard Ruby Streaks
Pea Snap Cascadia Seed

These would all be for my shady front yard to feed us and my livestock. So far, have 2 guinea pigs for livestock. Want the livestock for the used bedding to add to the garden and to the compost layers.

What fun. What a treat.

Thanks

Carol said...

rosajrms... please enter at Cold Climate Gardening for the next giveaway! I've given out my prize.

Thanks!

Winterfield said...

Thank you for the kind offer. New varieties and new challenges are always welcome. 6 choices ready to go!