Gardening Catalogs

Just a bit of the collection...

Just a bit of the collection...

They arrive during the coldest, shortest days of the year when gardeners are at their most optimistic (and vulnerable)...

THIS! This will be the year when the garden is perfect!  The flowers will boom profusely unmarred by powdery mildew and Japanese beetles.  The vegetable garden will be abundant (all of it, not just the zucchini) and the slugs will take themselves off leaving the seedlings whole and the cabbage unmolested. 

If it’s going to be that great, I better order some extra stuff.... 

Sigh, hope springs eternal.  Especially when looking at all those lovey, glossy pictures.

I try to rein myself in, but it’s hard sometimes.  I especially have a weakness for seeds.  What harm could a few extra packs do? My only control mechanism is to force myself to plan out where I will put everything I buy.  I still end up with too much stuff, but it’s not as bad as it could be!

One of my favorite seed sources is Johnny’s Selected Seeds.  I’ve had great success with them and their website is a treasure trove of growing information.  I also order from Burpee most years.  I like that they are local to me.  I sometimes mail order perennials, but usually try to buy those locally so I can really see them.

I’m almost afraid to ask (like I need and enabling), but what are your favorite plant and seed sources?