My Favorite Things II: More Catalogs!

It’s my turn to weigh in on my favorite catalogs. Like HerbDoc, I am always pleased to see them waiting in my mailbox. I set them aside and savor them later, often before going to sleep. (I find reading about plants and thinking about the garden very relaxing.) Then when I decide it’s time to get myself in gear, I haul them out of their special storage box and start making lists – and plans. I enjoy growing plants from seed (so miraculous!) and I love my Lee Valley seed starting system. It has capillary mats, so the seedlings are supplied with a constant level of moisture.

Anyway, back to the catalogs.

I always enjoy the beautiful catalogs from White Flower Farm. The photographs are top quality, and I learn a lot from reading the descriptions of the plants. I also really appreciate the fact that they write out the botanical names phonetically, so you know how to pronounce them. By the way, I don’t like catalogs that do not print the botanical names.

Another favorite is High Country Gardens. I like their low maintenance and drought-resistant offerings. Most of the cultivars are also hummingbird magnets – important to me.

Like so many others, I, too love the Bluestone Perennials catalog. I have ordered plants from them and they have always arrived in perfect condition.

For bulbs, both spring and fall planting, McClure and Zimmerman has a great selection.

I have a thing for clematis, and there’s a great nursery in Ipswich MA called (appropriately) “Completely Clematis.” Their catalog is online only, and the selection is mind-boggling. I have ordered from them several times and the quality is excellent.

For vegetables, I like “The Cook’s Garden” but for tomatoes in particular, I love “Totally Tomatoes.” The name of the catalog says it all (although they also sell pepper, eggplant and cucumber seeds).


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to My Favorite Things II: More Catalogs!

  1. herbdoc says:

    I’m so glad you posted the McClure and Zimmerman catalog. I wasn’t familiar with this company, but I checked and they have those wonderful colchicums…in white and dark pink, light pink and purple! I know where my late summer funds are going to be spent this year! Thanks! 🙂


    • dirtynailz says:

      I used to have colchicums and they are so gorgeous – and unexpected, with those spring-like colors emerging in the fall with no foliage to alert us!


  2. herbdoc says:

    Do they have foliage in the early spring?


    • dirtynailz says:

      From what I remember, the leaves appear AFTER the flowers.
      BTW these corms are highly toxic, and because of that, I have read that they can be effective in repelling deer.
      Whether they are up to the task of repelling those hardcore Rhode Island deer, however, is anybody’s guess…..


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