Inspiration du Jour: Vintage Seed Packets

Last week I picked up several packets of seeds to germinate this summer (see my summer project lest in the sidebar?) and it made me realize how absolutely delightful I find seed packet design. I have a particular fondness for seed packet designs that have varied little since their first conception. These vintage seed packets are so lovely, aren’t they? My favorite is probably the Verbena design. So beautiful!

Vintage Floral Seed Packet Inspiration

While we were in France I purchased a couple seed packets from a little village that boasted a most magnificent herb garden. The village had been around since the 1300s I believe! C’est merveilleux! The seeds I got to germinate for planting later this summer season (or I may pot them before I transfer them next Spring…) include Bachelor Buttons, Savory, Larkspur, Dill, English Thyme, and a Peony Poppy.  I’ve never germinated seeds before, so hopefully it all goes well!

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Fields and Meadows

It is of course no secret how much I adore flowers. I daydream about having an English countryside garden or frolicking through a meadow of wildflowers. I have (very unsuccessfully) tried to talk my husband into buying a farmhouse out in the country so I can live out my pastoral dreams.

He is NOT into it.

I know. I know! So selfish! Doesn’t he know the EPICNESS that will be of living in a white farmhouse surrounded by a field of Queen Anne’s lace and ruffly pale blue cosmos, and purple headed thistles, and deep pink clovers?

backyardmeadowflowersAnd I, of course, will wear only linen and cotton, and antique blue pinstriped aprons and will probably take to wearing Heidi braids all the time.

Since I know we won’t be living in my dream 1800s farmhouse anytime soon, I started researching how to grow my own wildflower field in the backyard. Growing a wildflower garden seems pretty low maintenance.

I mean I ASSUME it will be low maintenance. You throw some seeds here, some seeds there…and VIOLA! Instant Meadow for Frolicking!

Well, as much as you can frolic in a backyard anyway…

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I’m looking to order some flower seeds from Johnny’s Flower Seeds. I’ve never planted flowers from a seed before, so we’ll see how this goes! Also, this image above, I’m pretty sure this is one version of Heaven. // image source

If you’re curious which flower seeds I am ordering for our backyard… I’m starting with a modest 1 packet of each of these…

Nigella, Scabiosa, Larkspur, Lupine, Snapdragon, and Delphinium. So, not exactly meadow flowers, but I’ll just random plant them around the yard as if it were a meadow. More wild, more organic. Probably going to pass on Delphinium though since it’s really toxic for pets…and our dog eats random plants outside all the time…

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The Joy of Picking Flowers

I never miss a chance to pick flowers if a field of wildflowers is readily available. How very quickly does a wild bouquet charm?

The Joy of Picking Flowers

There are flower farms here in Portland where one can get some clippers and snip blooms for mere cents! Well, not exactly mere cents… but one can get a single bloom for .25 cents or .50 cents depending on the season. A bouquet of fresh flowers can be yours for less than $10. See…Sometimes happiness CAN be bought.

Of course if you decide to take a walk through some wild place where Sweet Peas and Queen Anne’s Lace grow in abundance, you can’t help it but to make a few selections. Just don’t go picking flowers from your neighbors’ yards/gardens! I’m quite sure that’s trespassing! Haha!

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Here I am holding a small bouquet of flowers I gathered in a small field. You can follow more flower picking adventures on instagram, my moniker is @adoredvintage!

Adored Vintage | The Joy of Picking Flowers

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My future English Cottage inspired garden

I had to do a bit of research about my garden before I get too caught up at the nursery. I am a woman who likes to plan if you did not already guess!

Now, let me be the first to admit I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening! My mother has a magical green thumb when it comes to all things flowery (growing up in Texas we had over THIRTY TYPES of roses!!!) Mom and I both love to garden. I of course have never really had a good go at gardening as I have been living in apartments most of my adult life where my “garden” was a shelf on a porch or my kitchen window sill with withering herbs from Trader Joes.

BUT, this good ole Oregon soil probably has magic in it! I just know it!

So after some poking around the inter webs I have made a list of the plants I will eventually adopt and plant into my English Cottage inspired garden.


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants


English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

I basically want to just live here…

English Cottage Garden: List of Plants

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