It’s not quite time to plant a shovel in the garden yet, but it’s almost past time to participate in that beloved yearly ritual: The Perusing of the Seed Catalog.
My wife and daughter sat over coffee this morning, their heads close together as they leafed through the pages displaying the offerings of a number of different companies.
I’ve done some looking myself, but mostly I’m saving my energy for the labor part of this endeavor (though my wife does more than her fair share of that, too).
That said, I love the language of the activity.
From just one, the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 23rd Annual Pure Seed Book, I find Conover’s Colossal Asparagus, Kurzers Calico Traveler Lima Beans, and the Snake of Mugla eggplant.
There’s also the Bald Head mustard and the Wild Rocket arugula, found just a few pages before the Red Ursa kale, the description of which includes absolutely no mention of a bear, red or otherwise.
Leafing on (pun intended), I find the King Tut Purple pea as well as both the Apocalypse Scorpion and Death Spiral hot peppers. Sizzle.
The tomato listings include plenty of greens: Aunt Ruby’s German Green, the Green doctors, the Green Zebra, and the Green Giant. There’s also the Lucky Tiger, the Mushroom Basket, and, yes, the Mortgage Lifter. True story.
Oh, and Brad’s Atomic Grape.
Moving into the flowers, I find the Strawberry Blonde calendula and the Velouette cosmos. Not to be passed over is the ever-popular Kiss-Me-Over-The-Garden-Gate, a favorite for obvious reasons.
Wow. So many seeds and so little time.
Lion’s Ear mint and Lucky Tiger tomatoes and the aforementioned Red Ursa kale, oh my! (See what I did there?)
With that, I’m going to go sharpen my shovel.