I don’t know how many of you have ever had the classic bad dream where you are sitting down to take your final exam and you realize that you forgot to go to any of the classes. Well I just had the horticultural equivalent last night. I dreamt that it was July (wishful thinking in the cold of January) and I had forgotten to plant the corn and tomatoes. Oh-my-God, what a bad thought that was. What had I done with all those months that made me forget to plant those key elements in the vegetable garden?
Anyway, I took that as a sign and today I dug through the pile of catalogs on the floor, found all the ones related to seeds, and ordered many of the same things I regularly get from Harris and Stokes (standard veggies, some experiments like the new Emerite Pole Bean and Discovery Chard from Stokes, and cutting flowers in quantity for the vegetable? garden). So I’ve covered the basics now and should be able to sleep more calmly tonight. And at the same time, I’m now free to look at some of the other seed companies with more leisure. In particular, I’m very taken with Diane’s Flower Seeds which has both of the grasses I was looking at for this — the Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima) and the Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium). And then there’s the American Horticultural Society’s Annual Seed Exchange. And we’ll see what else occurs to me over the next couple of weeks.