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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Time to Plan for Spring

It's that time of year.  It seems like no sooner do the Christmas decorations get taken down, than the seed and plant catalogs arrive in the mailbox.

I'll be first to admit, I tend to get a bit too ambitious as I browse through the catalogs, either circling, or putting large red stars on things that look I want to try, or that just look interesting.

But hey, that's half the fun!

Our vegetable garden is tiny, but to see me go through catalogs, you'd think we had acres of tilled earth just waiting for seeds to be sown!

This year, I think I will limit myself to a few simple veggies that are easy to grow, and that I know we will eat -- tomatoes, beans, snap peas etc., and also some flowers to turn the island bed into a butterfly garden.  I spotted a nice mix of Profusion zinnia in a variety of colors that I will be ordering soon.

What have you seen in the seed and garden catalogs that you want to try this year?

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Dorothy Borders said...

All those seed catalogs are so seductive. "Garden porn," my husband calls them. They can tempt you to go overboard and plant more than you can care for. One really has to restrain oneself.

Pam's English Garden said...

You can't go wrong with zinnia, Jayne, to attract the butterflies. They are 'must have' seeds for my garden. P. x

Carol in Magnolia said...

This is my 11th winter down here in Magnolia, and the strangest I've experienced yet. There have been record-breaking warm afternoons, and yet we've had more frosty mornings this winter than I've seen since we left the extremes of Dallas. I wonder if any of the wildflower seed I sowed in the autumn have a chance of germinating.

I, too, have been daydreaming over the seed catalogues, but must discipline myself; I have bulging bags of seed collected over the past couple of years. so I must give them priority.

Diana said...

I’ve gotten a few seed catalogs and recycled them to impose some willpower on myself. But now I desperately wish I hadn’t. I hope the next ones hurry up and get here - you’re right, it is part of the joy of winter,even if it does suck up so much of my time!

Jayne said...

Dorothy - I love the anology of "garden porn".
Pam - yes, you're right. I'm especially happy that I discovered the "Profusion" variety. Last summer they filled the island bed without any help from me!

Jayne said...

Carol, I've noticed that too. The warm afternoons get you thinking about spring and planting and then BAM, the next morning everything is covered in frost and iced over. I noticed a few things finally bit the bullet after the last cold snap that were hanging on up to that point.