And yet it happens...long gray (if not necessarily frigid) days, and frequent rains that keep the soil too wet to really do anything with can add up to a bit of indifference to the garden. And it's just at this point that capitalism steps in to save the day with the perfect antidote to the winter blahs with the arrival of the first seed catalog!
In Seattle, I would regularly receive fifteen or more catalogs - Thompson and Morgan, Park Seed, Wayside Gardens, as well as several specialty catalogs. And of course there was always (sniff...) the Heronswood Catalog to look forward to. Living in Turkey, I don't get nearly as many, and to be honest I do a lot more of my seed shopping over the internet. But that made it even a nicer surprise to come out of the rain into the front porch and see a long, thin catalog with flowers on it. Chiltern Seeds' catalog is so distinctively shaped that I didn't even have to read it to know what it was. Of course like the rest of the bunch, you can shop from Chiltern's online too, but it's such fun to pick up the catalog, flip to a random page, and come across an entry like this:
953M £1.94 Papaver, unknown species, 'Via Rotorua'
This plant and its name need some explanation! Rotorua, as we all know, is in new Zealand, which is we all also perhaps know, is not the home of anything in the Poppy family.