When the winter winds are still in the air and snow patches linger on the ground in New England, everyone is looking forward to spring. With the ground still frozen and compost piles still asleep in their bins, it is too easy to become disheartened with the long wait for the weather to make way for the new growing year.
But before you get engulfed by the winter blues, be sure to check your mailbox for the first welcome signs of spring.... seed catalogues! Whether you are a veggie gardener, flower aficionado, or just a fan of the warm spring and summer months, few things are as uplifting as discovering new seed and plant catalogues nestled in your mailbox at the end of the driveway.
Flipping through the pages, filled with luminous illustrations and bright photographs of the possibilities of the garden, these spring tomes bring the hope of the spring into our homes. More than just a source of growing supplies, seed catalogues seem specifically designed to give us all a way to push the realities of winter in New England from our mind.
Still a foot of snow on the ground? Look at the ten kinds of heirloom tomatoes we can grow!
Slipped on the ice outside? I can order giant zinnias for the garden this year!
Temps fall into the 20's? Let's order extra sunflower seeds for that garden border!
LET'S EXPAND THE GARDEN THIS YEAR!
And with just a few page flips of those delightful books delivered to our door, we are suddenly transformed from cold and downhearted to motivated and excited about the prospect of possibilities for another year. Seed companies probably know the effect they have on our moods and our minds, and time their mailings perfectly times to coincide with our need for life after winter. What other explanation could there be for those wonderful pages to arrive, just in time for us to place our orders for piles of seeds, plants, and flowers we plan to include in the garden this year?
So in these last few weeks of cold weather ahead, take heart from the inspiration delivered right to your door and plan ahead for the coming spring. Forget about 'winter is coming'. It's time to be all about the growing season ahead!
Now it's time to get back to the catalogues.
I wonder how many kinds of tomatoes should we should order this year......