I must admit that I was a bit surprised to receive my first seed catalog in the mail last week. I know they have been coming earlier each year, but I didn't expect them to begin arriving before Thanksgiving. For those of you old enough to remember, seed catalogs used to arrive in January when they provided hours of enjoyment, long after the holiday festivities were over and we had settled in for the rest of winter. They gave gardeners something to dream about as the snow and ice piled up outside.
I know I'm probably being silly, but getting them in the mail this early takes away the excitement that I used to experience in January as I waited for the new seed catalogs to arrive. I had a routine then. I gathered them together on a blustery winter day, grabbed a cup of steaming-hot coffee and hunkered down to dream of sunshine and green, growing things. When they began arriving in late December, I carefully tucked them away to enjoy in January.
I'll be honest with you. I couldn't tuck this one away until January. I had to browse the pages to see if there was anything new and exciting that I simply had to have for my garden. I didn't stop to ponder, and I didn't read the plant descriptions, but I did peruse the pages to get a glimpse of everything inside. Then, I set it aside.
I'm not sure how long I can let it set before I grab a pen and start circling things I think I want. I think it's best if I delay it as long as possible - or at least until the snow piles up outside. That lazy afternoon of browsing seed catalogs and sipping hot coffee isn't something I'm willing to give up just yet. Doing it now just wouldn't be the same.
Of course, it does allow others to purchase gift certificates for Christmas, which could prove to be a welcome gift for gardeners. Maybe I will hold out on judgement until I open the presents under the tree.
Until Next Time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
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