Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Time to dream of castor bean
I had planned to enumerate all the failures and successes of the 2006 gardening season—it is that time—but that's so depressing. Fortunately today's mail brought the always-fabulous Select Seeds catalog, and I was able to drift away in its pages, tangerini in hand, fantasizing about all the exotic annuals I'll be installing next spring. Even some from seed: castor bean, zinnia, amaranth. (Never mind that I'm never successful with seeds.) Then there are the plants: Queen Vick's favorite geranium, every tall nicotiana available, climbing petunias, wacky coleus, and much more. Datura or brugmansia? Maybe. Next will come the Bluestone, and we'll do the perennials.
I love catalog time, which generally lasts from late December through early March (when they begin to sell out). This is my insurance that whatever the selection at local nurseries in late spring, I won't be restricted to the same-old, same-old.
There are much bigger problems with the garden, but the catalogs allow me to escape them. In any case, I'll be ready this year. I received 3 pairs of gardening gloves (one monogrammed) over the holidays, so that should help.