Another catalog waiting at home last night, and two more at the office this morning. Let's have a look, shall we?

JAN. 5:

Received Heronswood 2010: Unusually Great Plants. At first glance, I  thought the cover on the newly redesigned catalog read "USUALLY great plants" and did a double take. Really? So, could its redesign have incorportated honesty? Could they be the first company to come clean about some of their lamer offerings? No such luck. It says "UNusually." Mea culpa.

COMMENTS:

A black hellebore on the cover looks elegant but doesn't inspire the "can't wait to crack this baby open" impatience that comes with some of the others. Some of the more intriguing offerings inside include Agave Virginica "Spot," on Page 6, the Arisaemas on Pages 7 and 8, and Papaver oriental poppy "Patty's Plum," on Page 33.

EXPENDITURE:

Not right now. But who knows?

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Received Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds 2010 Pure Seed Book

This catalog is nothing short of porn for gardeners and foodies alike. And it must cost a fortune to produce, though I recognize some of the photos from last year's catalog. The family-run buisness, which projects a warm-and-fuzzy, you-belong-to-us feel, sells heirloom seeds and supports the pure-food movement.  Seed listings are interspersed with articles (New "Seed Bank"), Bible verses ("And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." Genesis 2:8), announcements (Wanted: Musicians for the National Folk Music Contest)  and photos of 2-year-old daughter Sasha in the garden.

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COMMENTS:

Considering the Dragon Tongue beans on Page 9 and the Jersey Giant pepper-shaped tomato. Also loving the African wild melons on Pages 40 and 41, but haven't got enough room to grow them. And always loving David Leroy Kaiser of Bakersville, and that from-the-Wild West photo of him with a 40-pound Kolb's Gem melon (though I have a pretty good feeling he's not dressing up).

Flipping through this one is like browsing through a small-town general store. Best tagline of the year: "Let's rock the food supply in 2010!"

 

Total expenditure so far this year: Still $66.60, as I'm exercising restraint and spacing out my purchases.