You've heard of having a green thumb. I've always had a black thumb. Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to grow plants because I love them, but I have a tendency to kill them. I've even killed a cactus once. Don't ask.
But, for some unknown reason, something seems to have clicked.
Ok, I admit, it's possibly a sign of insanity to get this excited over plants, but fuck it. I HAVE PLANTS, PEOPLE!
It almost makes up for the possibility of not being able to drink scotch anymore. That's a-whole-nother story, though.
Now, for anyone looking at those labels and wondering if I'm now talking/typing in tongues, the answer is... well, yes, but not where this is concerned. Pohutukawa, Kowhai, and Manuka are all New Zealand native trees. I did a bit of research, found they are allowed here in the States, tried to find some to buy here, couldn't, so ordered seeds from New Zealand. Actually, I only wanted the kowhai because I fell in love with them, but it was a 4 seed packet deal so I got 2 packets of kowhai and 1 each of pohutukawa and manuka. Besides, pohutukawa is really fun to say.
As for the borage, I had to order seeds from New Jersey since people in Southern California seem to have no idea what a miracle plant this is! I mainly use it for tea, and it's really great to plant next to your tomatoes. Keeps bad bugs away, but attracts bees and butterflies- cross pollination increases the sweetness of the tomatoes. Also, making compresses with the leaves is supposed to be really good for arthritis. Of which I have in my foot making dancing difficult sometimes.
I have 200 seeds of borage. I planted one. I have 199 left. My plan is to get some terracotta pots, decorate them up to be AMAZING! Plant a borage plant in each, heap love on them so they grow, and then sell them. TA-DA!