Earlier this summer I became aware of a blogger willingly sharing some of her garden seeds with anyone who wanted any of her extras. Never being one to turn down anything free, I promptly emailed her to ask for some of her "Love in a Mist" seeds. I had never heard of this plant but thought it would be so interesting to have something growing in my garden that had once been in another garden far, far away.
I received a return email shortly afterwards informing me she would be delighted to mail me her seeds, and I started watching the mailbox eagerly for a package.
Eventually, I received a follow-up email from her telling me she took the seeds to the post office to mail but was told that because of the recently planned airline terrorist attack, seeds are now classified as food stuffs, and liquids and food stuffs cannot travel by post from the United Kingdom to the United States. Essentially, her seed sharing had come to an end. Of course, she was very disappointed and so was I.
In fact, she felt so badly about her promise to send me something and then not being able to follow through that she gathered up some unique treasures from around her home to send to me and the girls "to make up for the disappointment."
What a special package I received last week from her home in Warwickshire, United Kingdom! As you can see, she included an old fashioned sewing machine card with a delightful note inside, an Edwardian pamphlet on pickles, jellies, and preserves, Debbie Bliss merino aran, flower pictures from her beautiful garden, and three pieces of "Liberty Tana" fabric, which she uses to make lavender bags.
I was amazed at the generosity and caring shown to me, especially when there was no obligation to do so. She actually tailored the package just for us after reading of some of our interests on our blog! Natalie, thank you so very much! I love it all! I will always remember you as our special faraway gardening friend.