This is why I find myself, even as the snow blows outside, dreaming about all the new fabulous introductions and pouring over catalogues. One of my favorites, Plant Delights Nursery, in Raleigh, NC is 110 pages full of gorgeous plants with new varieties, that provide me with page after page of clearly described and beautifully photographed selections. Bluestone Perennials, in Madison, OH is another gem. As with Plant Delights, all plants are listed by their botanical names, in alphabetical order. Nothing is more annoying to a devoted gardener than a catalogue that only list plants by their common names, many misrepresentations can be made and you can end up with the wrong choice of plant many even invasive varieties.
In any case, I make endless lists and try to find places to put in more and more new additions to an already full garden, all design principles go out of the window, because the temptation of this or that new plant is too much to resist. How else can I know this particular genus unless I grow it? I ask myself… for me, that is always a winning argument. So, dream on fellow gardeners, a couple of more months and we will be able to at least see the grass and early spring bulbs will start peeking from the ground. In the meantime, I will pour over the new catalogues.
Winter is the time of promise because there is so little to do – or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. ~Stanley Crawford