Friday, 24 January 2014

Seeds of Love 2014, here the Winners!!!

Welcome back here at Mercurelli's! :)

As you could see from my previous post, for the second year in a row I have being taking part to the SEEDS OF LOVE event organized by the fantastic Isabelle, a great mom, gardener, writer and florist to whom we are all grateful for organizing and directing the event! You can find out more about her and the event here on her blog :)

One of best part of 'Seeds Of Love' is being in touch with garden-enthusiast from all over the world, exchanging tips, ideas, photos, cuttings and friendships, but as a bonus you also get a fantastic bunch of seeds to enhance your garden while experimenting new varieties collected from all over the Europe (and farther!). Definitivelly a Win-Win event! :)

But here it comes the bittersweet moment of the drawing! I thank all who took part or left a comment here and on Facebook. I wish I could multiply my seeds and send 4 lovely packets to all 130 of you, but this is not possible. I did however increased the number of winners this year, I hope you will be pleased of that! :)

Here the lucky SeedsOfLovers!

Moluccella laevis: 9, 42, 50, 102, 130 + 8, 22, 28, 59, 73, 75, 79, 102, 116.
Lathyrus 'Singing The Blues': 4, 22, 49, 59, 75 + 9, 39, 42, 50, 79, 102.
Borago officinalis f. alba: 30, 42, 73, 102, 116 + 4, 9, 79. 
Allium tuberosum:  8, 28, 39, 79, 102 + 4, 30.

The first 5 numbers are the winners for each variety, which automatically get all the other seeds requested! 

To all the other partecipants, I thank you again for taking part, I am sure we will be in touch during the next months and I wish you good luck for the next event! :)


P.S. In case you have missed it, I am going again to the RHS Chelsea and Hampton Court  Flower Shows this year, please feel free to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and on Twitter for updates!)

Friday, 17 January 2014

I take part to SEEDS OF LOVE 2014!!!

Hello there and...Happy New Year!!! :)

{Fireworks from RHS Hampton Court 2013 - Preview evening}

Eventually I managed to cut out a little bit of time to enjoy a cup of tea and update the blog! :)
These past two weeks have been very exciting: I went back to Sardinia to celebrate the New Year, I attended a lovely Study Day at Great Dixter as part of my KLC Great Dixter Award for Horticulture prize, and I worked on a very special (ad temporary secret!) design... Hopefully will be able to reveal everything in the next two weeks! :)

And it is now a pleasure to have the time to sit down for a moment and, Seed Box beside, selecting my entries for SEEDS OF LOVE 2014.

If you don't know it yet, Seeds of Love is a fantastic seed-swapping initiative launched by Isabelle on her blog A Little Bit Of Paradise, and at its third year it now counts more then 120 partecipants from all over the world (I am sure you will recognise some of these names!!!)

Each partecipant can offer and can win seeds to enrich his/her collection and most of all get the chance to be in touch with a buzzing Gardening Community spread all over the globe! For full regulation, please have a look here (There is still time to join up to the 22nd of January!)

But lets come back to my seed lists! Due to my work I am lucky enough to collect seeds and seeds packets from a lot of suppliers and from all over England. Unfortunatelly most of these are not enought to be shared among three luckly people (the minimum requested by the S.O.L. rules!) I have to restrain myself!

I hope you will like my selection! :)

Moluccella laevis,
a lovely, scented lime-green annual which I find superb in flower arrangments as well as in the mixed border.
I love to blend it with purple or with burgundy flowers!
{Moluccella laevis - Photo Source grainesvolts}
Lathyrus odoratus 'Singing in the blue'
My favourite Sweet Peas blend! A lovely, scented combination of almost-blue purples and sweet lilacs, I simple love it!!! You can see it in my kitchen with Cosmos 'Purity', Allium schoenoprasum (Chives) and Tulbaghia Violacea
{Sweet Peas 'Singing the Blues' - Photo Source Seedlynx}
Borago officinalis f.alba
Another of my big favourites! Italians stuff Ravioli and make frittata with its leaves, while English use flowers in salads and cocktals. Wild in Sardinia (where I come from), I love it in the garden! :) 
{Borago officinalis f. alba - Photo source here}
Allium tuberosum
Another edible beauty perfect for the potager, the vegetable garden or the mixed border as well for a windowsill pot! If you have never tasted it are missing a lot! Bees love it and it looks so lovely!
{Allium tuberosum - Photo Source Sarah Raven}

Thank you for popping by and to those who will take part!
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Next planned posts for the new year? My latest visit to Great Dixter, The trip to Hummelo (Piet Oudolf's private garden), Tom Stuart Smith's Garden & the Licterature festival, I Maestri del Paesaggio in Bergamo... Plenty of Gardens and Pictures to love in the next few weeks! And the Wordless Wednesdays will be back soon!

Back to work now...a lovely famly town garden waits to be completed! ;)


Latest Update: 
I am very pleased to announce the Seeds Of Love 2014 Winners!
They are N°
4, 8, 9, 22, 28, 30, 39, 42, 49, 50, 59, 73, 75, 79, 102, 116, 130