Phoenix seeds in their lovely golden packets

Today I feel truly wealthy just admiring the stash of seeds that arrived in the post from Phoenix seeds. I ordered my years worth of seeds last week (although I suspect they’ll last longer than that) after drooling over all the possibilities, and narrowing down my choices to 34 varieties. The timing was great – as the postman arrived I was planting out in a new veggie bed the remaining seedlings from the last batch of seeds I had bought a few years ago.

I love some of their exotic names, such as ‘Roi de Carouby Snow Pea’, and I’m happy to have a supply of the familiar varieties that have proven bomb-proof (that should be jen-proof) during my past vegetable gardening adventures. I also feel lucky to have such a great supplier locally – no having to read the small print for the ‘Not for TAS or WA’ warning, as they’re based in Snug (PO Box 207). To get a catalogue you simply request one by email at

Here’s what’s in my seed treasure trove:

  • Tiny Tim Tomato
  • Tommy Toe Tomato
  • Olomovic Tomato
  • Stupice Tomato
  • Roi de Carouby Snow Pea
  • Sweet Basil – looking forward to homemade pesto already…
  • Celeriac
  • Collards
  • Artichoke
  • Romanesco Zucchini
  • Black Zucchini
  • Comfrey (for mulch and chooks)
  • Chamomile
  • Coneflower
  • Russell Lupins
  • Sunflower – to make me smile and for the chooks
  • Shungiko (an asian green)
  • Red Cos Lettuce
  • Butternut lettuce (our family favourite)
  • Great Lakes Lettuce
  • Wakefield Cabbage
  • Primo Cabbage
  • Purple Broccoli
  • Purple King Bean – I’m keen on growing purple things this year!
  • Windsor Bean
  • Strike Bean
  • Borage – pretty edible flowers and bee attracting
  • Tagasaste (fodder tree for chooks)
  • Morton’s mix Kale
  • Coles Broad Bean
  • Adzuki Bean
  • Perennial Sunflower – never heard of these before, can’t wait to see how they go
  • Kelvedon Pea
  • Golden Chard

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