Collection by Hawk Valley Garden Spencer, Iowa

Hawk Valley Garden Spencer, Iowa
Tic-tac seed containers

Tic-tac seed containers

Need more seeds

So many seeds…

Cosmos. Giant Mixed. Ferry’s Seed Annual (1913).


Cosmos. Giant Mixed. Ferry’s Seed Annual (1913).

vintage seed catalog

Seed Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries

vintage seed catalog

yay seed catalog

Colonial & Early American Gardens

17C Europeans landing on America's East Coast coped with new weather patterns & geography by creating spaces to meet basic needs for shelter, food, & safety. As time passed, most still grew food plants; but with expanding families & importation of indentured servants & slaves, farm fields often became export enterprises. In the 18-19C, many gentry transformed their formal gardens into art to project a desired image to others - their wealth, power, refinement, & beliefs.

seed box


seed box

Seed box spring vignette and watering can

Spring Planting

Our freeze date guideline for planting spring & summer annuals is April 15th~ I’ve been ready for the bloom, enjoying violas that will tolerate cold temperatures~ Patience is not my fort…

New growth


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The Smithsonian has compiled a very large library of 
vintage seed catalogs.  Beautiful graphics!

Seed Catalogs from Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Early C19th seed drawers.

Early C19th seed drawers.

seed package.

Forcing kids to eat veggies can traumatize them for life

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vintage seed box

*ChiPPy!-SHaBBy! ViNtaGe Boxes+++...

Since taking the Month of August "off from selling" ... ~ I've been getting a lot of much needed ORGANIZING DONE around the house... I've a...

Seeds Box

Bits of Fall & Blooms

I’ve been Dressing & Harvesting~ Planting bits of Fall & Blooms in my Potting Shed! You can take a peek at how the outside is dressed, here. My Ferry’s Seeds Box is a perennial …

Briggs, Rice's, Mandeville and King, Ferry, Bowen and other seed boxes.

Briggs, Rice's, Mandeville and King, Ferry, Bowen and other seed boxes.

Beautiful antique seed box.

Good Things Come to those Who Wait!

Happy Halloween! May the goblins pass over you and no witches bring you fright! Hee-hee! Well, it’s happening. . .I’m doing something I never thought I would. That is start taking down my Halloween décor before Halloween. I have a friend that does this every year and we give her such a hard time. Now, I must eat my own words! On Weds. I started thinking of everything I needed to get done before our daughter and sil arrive home late Fri. night from their year of touring Europe. Did I mention…