My parents and paternal grandmother always had big gardens, I can remember going out to the nurseries picking out veggie plants and different types of annuals. Usually my sister and I would pick out the brightest and weirdest colour combinations and Mom and Dad would just go with it.
My Dad being the more adventurous type, would always pick out a new type of vegetable plant that we hadn't tried growing before. Some years we would have little to no luck with them and other years we would be laden with not most useful of veg ( what do you do with tons of banana peppers?)
When ever my Grandmother would visit she would always bring a box or 2 of some perennials that she had divided in her garden. I would help her plant them in one of our flowers beds, we would divide some of my parents plants and do a " trade" She was also the one who got me so interested in house plants and tropicals, I received my first indoor plants from her, a Croton, a Prayer plant ( maranta) and a Cylclamen ( all still plants I love....except crotons. No offence to croton lovers, they just don't do it for me).
Basically I have been hooked since then ( best birthday ever was when my parents bought me like 10 houseplants, weird choice for a regular 15 year old, but if you know me you know I'm not that regular) , growing a big collection and always trying to find and grow something different annoying roomates and my ex-husband along the way with having basically whole rooms devoted to just my house plants, and having to move them, once even in January ( trying to fit a 10' Norfolk pine into a mini-van is not as easy as it sounds).
So thats it really, a quick ramble on me and how it all began, and why my house and store are basically tropical rain forests....... I'm Jamie and I'm addicted to plants ( there must be a plant lovers anonymous meeting somewhere)