Idaho Gardener’s 2009 Wishlist

a porcelain berry vine
vitus purpurea
echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’
rock retaining wall completed and area replanted
for the nth time, rethink driveway planting bed: less messy, more distinctive, dramatic!
Canon 10 mp camera w/groovy lens
put up the wagon wheel on its post so it stands as a sculpture
make a blue bottle tree

Well, that’s a good start.I made that list back in December, the darkest of days. I do believe we’ll get the new rock wall finished in the next couple months.

Ah, but now we have the promise of seeds. Yes, seeds. The tiny, teensy little specks or bits of promise. We’ve just finished the first week of February and I am already $36 into the seed craze. Heaven help me. If I plant everything I order, I am going to have to terrace the hill, including the neighbors’ property. Maybe I’ll plant what I need, and donate the rest of my seeds to the Vineyard Garden o’ Feedin. More on them later.

Meahwhile, the order went in to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds this morning:

Turkish Orange Eggplant. I wanted the Brazilian Oval Orange but if ya snooze ya lose. That’s what I get for taking so long to make up my mind about what to order. They are out of some of the newer varieties. Harummmmpf.

Orange Porcupine calendula, or pot marigold. The picture is dyn-o-mite and the petals are quilled. I am a sucker for quilled petals. How do they do THAT?orange-porcupine-calendula

Indiana Giant cockscomb (celosia cristata), an old fashioned Amish favorite.

Chinese red noodle beans. I went nuts here, ordered 1 oz of these beauties. I had some at a friend’s garden, right of the plant, they were delish. Guess what? They are colorful!

Devil’s Ears lettuce, who could resist this? Not me. Sounds terrific, especially the part about “slow to bolt.” Good for us in Boise where it can get smokin’ hot overnight.

Prescott Fond Blanc, a European melon, “the most unique and beautiflul French melon we sell…” says Baker Creek. Plus: “fragrance is heavenly, ..warts and bumps..flavor is very rich.” I HAVE to try this.

Shanghai Green Choy looks good and I have not grown the Asian choys before.

Russian Sugar peas because they grow on 6 foot vines and anything that can go vertical is going vertical this year. It has the added bonus of mauve and purple flowers. I don’t, as a rule, do mauve, but we can hope for purple.

Then, of course, I fell hard again this year for the pumpkins and squash: Galeaux d’Eysines, Big Red Warty Thing/Victor, and the ribbed zuke, Costata Romanesco.
Galeux on the top, Warty below.