I love to read. It's one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon....when I have time to do so.
A good book, a cup of tea, a roaring fire, a pup on my lap. Perfect winter's afternoon.
But now spring is on the horizon and those afternoons of reading by the fire shall give way to working in the garden....and dreaming about the garden.
I have a stack of gardening magazines and catalogs ready to go for whenever a spare hour comes my way.
Do you love to look at gardening magazines to get inspiration for your spring plantings? Or do you have a tried and true spring routine that you follow every year?
I'm still learning my way around this property since I'm here less than a year at this point.
This will be the first gardening season that I will be making significant changes as I had to wait out a season to see what the previous owners had planted. And what I wanted to change.
I told you about the Dogwood that never blooms....that's a goner this year. I will pot it up and send it home to live with Mom and Dad down in the valley. It will be happier there.
And there are the roses that I'm trying to nurse along and encourage to bloom....the obelisks have arrived and one of these days I'll get around to tying up the roses and taking some photos to show you. There's another rose bush in the garden bed next to the veggie garden - it didn't do much last year and needs a little boost as well. I think it produced one rose last year....if it does that poorly again this year it may need to find a new home.
Meanwhile, I'm planning....and dreaming.
I haven't opened even one of these magazines yet, not even for a tiny peek. I'm saving them for a day when I can dedicate some serious dream time to perusing every single article and photo.
Do you know how hard it is to have these 4 awesome magazines and not even open the cover for the tiniest look inside? Pure torture, I tell you!
The flea market gardening magazine I first saw on Brenda's newsletter, the very first Cozy Little House newsletter that went out just last weekend. (If you haven't signed up yet you should pop over and do that now!)
I was drooling over the magazine when I saw it on Brenda's newsletter and then last night, lo and behold, there it was in my teeny tiny mountain top market! Who knew?
I can't wait to sit down and enjoy every page!
Look at all these gardening catalogs waiting for my attention as well - crazy! And this is only the select few I kept - many more went straight into the recycling bin.
I'm going to have to quit my job in order to have time for all these!
These four are my favorites, though. I order from Gardens Alive, Gardener's Supply, and Wayside Gardens every single year. The other one....Gardener's Edge....is brand new to me this year but there were some great items in there. I'm going to order a couple of things for sure.
I'm so excited to get started!
Meanwhile, I'm still reading the Rosemont Series by Barbara Hinske - this is the second novel in the series - I finished the first one in the wee hours the night before last.
I'm loving this series so far - thank you, Marty from A Stroll Through Life for telling me about these books!
It's almost time to break out my all time favorite Spring read.....I can't start it too early or I'll go crazy waiting to get my hands in the dirt. Perhaps when I finish the Rosemont series it will be time.
What's on your reading list for Spring?