Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How to Trick Your Mind!

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Ward Elliot Hour

It is that time of year when I start getting the garden catalogs. "Oh-wow! I want to plant some of those. Oh! Look at this one!" You know the feeling. It is not even 20 degrees outside, and you are looking at beautiful flowers in a stupid catalog. And there is more snow predicted. You can't even see the ground, much less plant in the ground.

So realistically, it is impossible to mess with the visual cues. But looking at garden catalogs kinda messes with the brain. "Remember when you had such pretty things growing outside." Of course, I can be a pain and start with, "Yeah, I remember the weeding, the mowing, the weedeating." And the rain last summer.

But does this stuff ever end? I am tired of complaining. Just now I watched a video on Yahoo that shows some town in New York that has had 55 inches of snow, and the prediction for the next several days is more snow to come. Well, you would just have to shoot me and get it over with. I went out yesterday for a short little run to the grocery store. But tonight more snow!

I will be a good girl and announce that the Perennial of the Year is..........

Baptista australis (blue wild indigo or blue false indigo)

Well, it is not the successful dye plant we all love, but it is an indigo none-the-less. They are finally getting the idea that some of us use these silly plants for something besides eye candy.

If you need to know the Herb of the Year is Dill. Well, I don't grow dill, but some people love it. The pickle makers of the world rejoice, I'm sure.

So excuse me-I have to decide how many different varieties of sunflowers I am going to plant this summer.

1 comment:

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

And I love to just puruse them for things I would like to grow, but can't for one reason or another. But, they also provide me with idea about that which I WILL grow.