Last week, several museum visitors complimented my aggressively pastel, spring-themed attire: a delight, considering that during every other time the year everyone just gazes bemusedly at my seasonally inappropriate color schemes. Flowers, however, are blooming, and humans are apparently allowed to wear mint and lavender again. What a time to be alive!
It looks like my pen pals are on board with this May-ready palette, sending me a variety of softly-hued snail mail–all perfectly complementing the charmingly named “Allure Pastel Blend” of Alyssum seeds pictured above!
My friend from a few states over always sends me gorgeous mail and thoughtful, exciting letters, but I think she really encapsulated my entire character with this one: note the combination of vintage map fragments, botanical illustrations, old stamps, and mermaid puns.
A small envelope contained even more ephemera, complete with an adorable praying mantis.
I’m particularly enraptured with that delicate pastel gradient flower, but I have to admit that the entire collection is enchanting.
This blossoming mail from Nevada embodies the same springtime spirit while also somehow summing up the essence of my being. I feel like that seed packet description was written precisely to charm me:
The charisma of sweet alyssum now in a rainbow of pastel shades to add magic to the garden. Compact and simply covered with blooms!
I love receiving gardening seed packets in the mail, and can’t wait to see if I can bring this pastel rainbow to life!
If you’d like to experiment with seed-sending yourself, for the sake of endemic species and local ecosystems, I’d suggest mailing only commercially-available seed packets (like this one!) and distributing them solely to pen pals who live in the same country/region as you. Back home in Hawai’i, there are strong restrictions on the contexts in which agricultural products can be brought into the islands to avoid the introduction of invasive species, and although I recognize that the entire world isn’t an isolated archipelago like my birthplace, I suspect the same may be true with international post.
Organic material is pretty strictly regulated, but domestic seed-swaps of plants sold widely across the continental U.S. should be fine (though if the seeds in the packet are sizable, you might need to pay a slightly higher rate due to non-uniform thickness)! Read up before you seed up, I guess?