On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Seed Bank

A new store opened recently in Petaluma, California. After remodeling an old vintage bank -- see the marble everywhere? -- it is now an heirloom seed company. You want some tomato seeds? How about choosing from the 200 varieties available. Ditto for everything else.

So that's where I entertained myself for an hour this morning. I had to drive over to Petaluma anyway to pick up my daughter's insulin at our HMO branch, so I made an outing of it and browsed amongst the seed packets. I don't need another hobby/addiction -- but revisiting three or four times a year seems like a fun thing to do.

Specifically today I wanted to find seeds that I could plant alongside the chicken run, vine-things that would cover over the chicken wire and bloom even if the hens pecked at the leaves. I was asking a lot.

In the end I came home with more sunflower seeds (I know, that's not a vine), nasturtiums, no morning glories (the seed packet said they are poisonous), some pole beans that I didn't need but which looked colorful and interesting and some other things that I hope will grow even at this late date. Strawberries are sold from the fields locally until mid-November so I think everything I got will still make it although it may be a bit of a stretch for some.

If you're properly in awe, they have an online business as well. You can get more information HERE. Be prepared to be impressed!


  1. Awesome !! I have to tell my grand-daughter about this as she loves to garden, plus,has a greenhouse.

  2. Hi Ginny, Good to see you again! Do tell her, this place is awesome!


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