A new year means a new start, and what better way to start than to look through seed catalogues and dream about all the wonderful plants that we can grow this season. I can hardly wait to tear open those seed packets. Even after all these years of growing plants I still find the germination of seeds incredibly exciting. Just thinking about these little dried vessels (time capsules of genetic plant material) which look so fragile, so ephemeral, just waiting for the perfect conditions in which to germinate, fills me with wonder. There is such a wealth of material available to us; annuals, biennials, perennials, trees and shrubs which can all be started from seed. The list is endless and no two growers will grow exactly the same colour palette or mix the same scents. Tomorrow we will start the sweet peas and as the wind batters the window panes we will daydream of clear blue summer skies and heavenly smells drifting through the air.