Monthly Archives: January 2012

Garden Catalogs – Beware #1

The Seed Catalogs start filling my mailbox just as soon as the Christmas Cards stop.

When this first started happening, shortly after we moved into our home many years ago, I was thrilled!

I was a very new gardener and didn’t yet comprehend the differences between annuals and perennials and so, therefore, didn’t realize that some catalogs would happily show garden plans with flowers blooming together when that was not possible in the real garden.

Be careful! Beautiful drawings of a final plan areĀ a quick clue to a garden that will not grow as shown.

Planning a perennial garden in terms of color, timing, and height takes a significant amount of plant knowledge. In fact, after many years of gardening, I still don’t have this down completely. In fact, I just registered for 3 classes on just this for the spring – can’t wait!


This year, my youngest gardener has chosen to test the effect of soil temperature on seed germination. I already have my theory, based on book knowledge, and I do start seeds with heat mats. So, it will be interesting to … Continue reading


2012 Gardening

While it is gray and blustery on this first day of the new year, I am resolved to be a better gardener this year. 2011 was a fail with all the rain in Cincinnati and the extremely late start and … Continue reading