I was so elated and felt over the moon that I kept on touching and playing with the packet, most of the time, during a twelve-hour journey from New Jersey to Kentucky! The packet is very poetic, which I am yet to find in any seed packet, and says, Oregon..an ever-changing landscape where lush green forests blanket the valleys, rugged coastlines dance with the sea, mighty rivers forge toward the ocean, magnificent waterfalls tumble toward the earth, and snow-capped peaks reach for the sky creating a breathtaking playground for a myriad of wildflowers. . The seeds are not taken from the wild; rather it is cultivated outside of the national parks and the seed-packet should not be open within the park. Many people might not realize this but many of the native plants of the US are not only getting extinct because of native-habitat-loss, climate-change and use of chemicals, but because of people plucking wild-flowers or digging-out, taking cuttings-of-wild-flower plants in the hope of growing them in their own gardens. The plants, obviously, fail to grow in the gardens, out of their natural place, and in the process the native plant gets destroyed and thus extinct. If one wants to grow native plants (which is always highly encouraged), one needs to buy them from proper source and not take them from wild refuge or state/national parks.
The packet contains about 375 seeds of the vibrant hues of the Poppy, the striking lavender-colored "Flowers of the Starts", the Pacific Aster, and the bright-yellow pompoms of the Wild Buckwheat. . It says that the seeds will grow in most climates of the world. So, hopefully it will grow in New Jersey. The most difficult challenge will be where to grow them in the garden, and how to design the garden so that I will have own small patch of the wilderness of the Wild West.
I am dedicating this post to my best friend Aim-Pie for this most beautiful gift :-).