i'm really not a winter person. the lack of light and the cold both negatively affect my depression. but the one great thing about january is the arrival of the seed catalogs. a little bit of spring in the mail! in previous years i've poured over these and imagined what my garden would look like. but i never actually bought the seeds. what would i do with 100 tomato seeds when i only need about 6 plants?
last year john and i were smart enough to save the flats from all the annuals we bought. the seed catalogs came again and we decided to take the leap. we ordered several tomatoes, basil, radish, daikon radish, foxglove, belladonna, coleus, cosmos....and more! a few weekends ago we planted everything. we had a great time thinking about how everything was going to look. full of possibilities! here's the flats after we planted.
by the next week we already had shoots for most of the plants!
i took this picture yesterday. things are really popping! it may be time to repot some of them into larger pots, which we also saved from last year's flower buying.
i absolutely love the garden. we have a double lot, so there's plenty of room. all the space, a premium in the city, is part of why we bought this house in the first place. i love to see the plants return from last year, and i love all the color. we try to buy mostly perennials. but we still get impatiens for the flower boxes and shady areas.
when we moved in, the previous, previous owner (doris) had left a map of where and what all the flowers were. what a gift! unfortunately, the people who owned the house before us didn't really pay attention to the garden. but i think we've brought it back almost to the level of doris' garden. i met a neighbor this week who told me the garden was her pride and joy. and it makes us happy as well.
now that the sun is coming back more, the time has changed, and we have these wee seedlings, everything seems so much better in the world.