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:
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.