They started arriving shortly after Christmas, and there has been a steady stream of Seed Catalogs pouring forth from my mailbox since!
It is dizzying to see all the fruits, vegetables and flowers
that one could grow.
I hardly know which catalog to peer into first!
I could spend hundreds ($) on the flower seeds alone,
to eat fresh this spring and summer,
and preserve for the next winter.
But, I must have flowers, too, for they are food for my soul!
at the local Farmers' Market!
Let me see... I will plant lettuces and peas and carrots in the spring garden
along with sweet peas and poppies and hollyhocks and....
(Vintage seed catalog images used with permission from Kalamaquilts Webshots)
He Know No Winter
He knows no winter, he who loves the soil,
For, stormy days, when he is free from toil,
He plans his summer crops, selects his seeds
From bright-paged catalogues for garden needs.
When looking out upon frost-silvered fields,
He visualizes autumn's golden yields;
He sees in snow and sleet and icy rain
Precious moisture for his early grain;
He hears spring-heralds in the storm's' turmoil
He knows no winter, he who loves the soil.
~Sudie Stuart Hager~
"For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations."