Last week, when the thermometer dipped below but-we-live-on-the-West-Coast and edged close to what-do-you-mean-you're-sold-out-of-winter-coats tolerance levels, I received a shipment packaged in a plain brown wrapper. Actually, there were four plain brown wrappers. And they were cheerfully return-addressed on cotton-candy coloured paper, from the studios of "The Adventures of Max & Banks." Insomuch as I've never been involved with the screen, silver or otherwise, I would have been surprised to receive anything originating from movie-folk. But to tell the truth, I was expecting a parcel from a sender decidedly more, well... racy. Regardless, the contents made my heart go pitter-patter.
In each box were brightly illustrated packets produced by Renee's Garden Seeds, a company which, despite stocking such lusty wonders as Exotic Love Vine, Love Lies Bleeding, and Love-in-a-Mist, is known for the rather wholesome pursuit of supplying clean, non-GM, and exceptionally germinating garden seeds. I admit that I toyed with the bloomers, imagining the torch-like flowers of Mina lobata illuminating an old fence line. But after recalling a love-affair with last season's sweetest Sungold tomatoes, I settled ever more longingly on sugary, organic, candy-striped Chiogga Beets (which slice up beautifully in raw salads). Don't judge. I have an incurable sweet tooth, so when not tempted by bonbons and buttercream, sun-warmed summer harvests satisfy without an ounce of guilt.
What of Max and his faithful sidekick? Noms-de-plumes, it seems, so as not to attract peepers to a production with a lurid reputation: 50 Shades of Grey. It seems Grey's set decorating team requested Renee's gorgeous seed displays to be used as props in the film. Who knew seeds would set such a sultry backdrop? This can only mean two things. Mr. Grey's real lust is for growing prize-winning cauliflower. That, and he has impeccable taste in women.
We'll be using some of these post-production remnants at the store and on the property; others will go to Ag in the Classroom for a variety of student projects.