"They're out of cranberry beans!" I told Kevin, who, deep in concentration, processing fresh images for the coming art season, replied a simple "Hmmm."
I was devastated. Speckled cranberry and true red cranberry were among the beans I had wanted to try this year.
After diligently perusing the various catalogs, I had a long list of needs and desires, and Annie's Heirlooms Seeds had won the lottery, since they carried the greatest number of varieties on my list.
But it seems I'd waited too long to place my order. The website was quite clear: They were out of both beans.
In panic mode now, afraid that I'd miss out on other desirables, I started shopping in earnest, filling my virtual shopping cart with seeds from my list. The disappointment continued. Tom Thumb popcorn was sold out. So, too, one of the edamame.
At least I was still able to order strawberry popcorn, Kamo eggplant and purple tomatillo. (I'm such a sucker for the purple/green contrast, in my garden, Peter could pick a peck of purple peppers.)
But even though I usually prefer getting my seeds from just one company each year to minimize shipping costs, I just may have to place a second order elsewhere.
There are several intriguing varieties in the High Mowing Organic Seeds ... including Tom Thumb popcorn and ... Yes!
"Kev, they've got Vermont cranberry beans!"
To which I received another of his absent-minded "hmms."