seed catalogs galore

I was having a discussion about seed catalogs recently with my blogger-friend Jen over at Roscoe Ramblings. She asked me which catalogs were my favorite and, though I told her Park Seed, Jung and Totally Tomatoes, I have to admit that every catalog I get holds its own fascination for me. Here’s a shot of all the seed catalogs I’ve received in the last month or two:

garden vegetable flower seed catalogs Now, before you start thinking that I’m wasting paper by continuing to get all of these in the mail, instead of browsing their websites, let me say this: There’s still something about actually paging through the actual catalogs that I love. It may seem a little old-school in this internet world we live in, but I find it a little easier to dream, to imagine, while looking at the printed pages and photos.

You see, in my head, I envision a yard full of fresh herbs, vegetables, berry vines, fruit trees, flowers, and foliage. My husband and I continue to work on this vision every year and, little by little, our dream is becoming a reality.

We have patches of asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish. We have blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and grapes.

We have lilacs, hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, Russian sage, lavender, hostas, coneflowers, dahlia’s, false indigo, daisy’s, phlox, bleeding hearts, columbine and other flowers galore.

We have a magnolia tree, pampas and maiden head grass, boxwoods, smoke bush, and canna’s.

We have daffodils, tulips, calla lilies, lilies, crocus and hyacinths.

We have so many, many beautiful plants that we’ve added to our yard over the years and the list just keeps growing.

Of course, we also have perennial herbs alongside the fresh veggies and annual herbs we plant every spring.

We are lovers of all things nature.

Deer, rabbits, fox, turkeys, birds and raccoon all visit our yard frequently. And though some of those give us trouble with keeping plants around, we wouldn’t change it for the world.

Do you love seed catalogs or do you think I’m a little crazy?

Okay, I may be a little crazy, but there are a lot worse things I could be crazy about.

10 thoughts on “seed catalogs galore

  1. I used to like looking through my grandparents’ catalogues, it always amazed me how many different types of seeds they could order. I have moved too much lately to establish a proper garden, but I love dreaming about it like you! Your garden sounds awesome, I can’t believe you get foxes and deer 🙂

    • The deer often just lay in our backyard, that’s how tranquil it can be where I am. The fox are few but stunning when we see them…I’m truly in awe of nature. (Even when they eat my veggies and flowers. 🙂 )

  2. RoscoeRamblings says:

    Thanks for the lovely shout-out!

    I completely agree with you about still loving to receive seed catalogs. I’m a very visual person, and there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a cup of coffee and perusing my assorted catalogs. Or, often times, perusing them while watching my daughter’s swim practice. (As a side note, I’ve found that a stack of seed catalogs is a great conversation starter while sitting there among other parents)

    I’m so glad to hear that your yard is a work in progress. Like you and your husband, we add a couple of new things every year. Sometimes I get antsy and want everything to be done ASAP.

    Lastly, I can’t remember if I mentioned this already, but I would love to hear about your asparagus!

  3. I will continue to give shouts outs to your blog – I think you do such a great job with it! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who still appreciates paging through a real-life seed catalog. It’s interesting that you’ve found them to great conversation starters…makes me think that more people are interested in gardening of all sorts than some people may imagine.
    I’m like you – I want my yard done and I want it done NOW! But, coupled with the fact that I’m not independently wealthy, I also realize that a yard will always be a work in progress…something does better in one spot than another…something grows faster or slower than originally thought. You know the drill!
    And here’s my post on asparagus (my all time favorite veggie!)
    http://lolarugula.com/2012/04/09/the-age-of-asparagus/
    Thanks for stopping in Jen!

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