Ah- finally! I heard a Chickadee singing in the sun this morning. So cute! They're around all winter here, but they only seem to sing on sunnier days.
Anyway, his singing started me thinking about spring and flowers and gardens and made me realize I can now officially start looking though my favorite catalogs! I thought I'd share my two "go-to's" for spring dreaming:
For Plants and Flowers:
I have had great luck with White Flower Farm plants. They have always been healthy and always look great - especially by year two. Their online site is lovely and you should peruse catagories like "Top Rated Plants" and watch some of the very helpful videos. Still, order the "real" catalog. There's just something about sitting on the back steps on an unusually warm morning, paging through the catalog that's divine. (Plus you can dog-ear and circle). Make sure you check out their Garden Inspirations section for some great ideas on what plants look good together, their amazing Dahlia Collection and their Staff-Pick Tomatoes.
Dahlia - Karma Sangria July-October
White Flower Farms Hummingbird Annual Collection
Part Shade June-September
Tomato Sungold (Staff Pick)
Order the catalog and then have fun on the incredibly, easy-to-use website. Put your zip code in on the upper left and it will pop up your zone along with suggestions of what you should be doing now. Also helpful is that each product description includes date to maturity, sowing method (direct or indoor), spread, height and light information. Especially, check out the Lettuce Mixes, Mesclun Mixes, Selvatica Tangy Arugula, and their Recipes.
What are your favorite gardening catalogs? I'd love to hear!
Have a great day!