most enthusiastic gardeners agree that gardening is a great adventure with thrilling experiences at almost every turn. Yet, as I look around among my gardening knowledge. I am surprised that many lack a lot of the joy of their hobby by limiting their activities to the few months of summer.
There are several ways the hobby of gardening can be an absorbing business all year, and one of them is by allowing seed and nursery catalogs to carry you through strange and exciting adventures during the winter.
There is a notion abroad among gardeners matter-of-fact that a seed or nursery catalog is simply the commercial documentation for the plant material control. Their catalogs are discarded after their needs are controlled so as not to clutter up the house. They miss the fun and instruction that can be theirs for the correct use of catalogs.
To understand what we think is proper use gardener, let me tell you some of the exciting adventures that were my way during the years when I leave seeds and nursery catalogs to be a part of my life the year, but please overlook the perpendicular pronoun if it becomes too important!
suppose that winter night a blizzard raging prevents you out. A new seed catalog arrived in the mail the day. Your evening is not lost, because your catalog will provide entertainment if you approach it the right way. As you sit in your living room snowbound, suppose your catalog open grave to cantaloupe section and that your attention is directed to one of the new hybrids.
His description is so enticing that you wonder what gardeners have done before the days of hybrids. Then begins a delicious journey into the past, and if I was the gardener snowbound, the trip would be something like this: I reach for my file of old catalogs to be reminded of some of ths; good old varieties may be available. I could probably remember the first time I tasted superb quality. Then my gaze may fall on an old catalog Maurice Fuld, and fancy would surely crack finally come to rest, no doubt, on a variety may be Japanese, with “softness” honey dew “and the delicious flavor of a high-quality pear. “
away, I could travel the uncertain road followed by Candolle worldwide in his search for the origin of cantaloupe. I saw the Africans on the banks of the Niger collecting and eating wild plum small size of melons Thonning named Cucumis arenarius; and inhabitants of northern India eat the wild form, which Roxburgh called C. turbinatus. A variable plant with fruit the size of a plum to that of a lemon, flesh may be soft, tasteless (as some modern types we have grown the past been sunless) or slightly acid.
My mental ramblings would then take me to the hills of Persia, now Iran, which in modern times best melons in the world are grown. So if I had more time and I do not get too sleepy, I could follow cantaloupe its introduction in Europe, perhaps the beginning of the Christian era, at the moment, savoring many of my own cultures over the years I’ve adults cantaloupes. Finally, I would like to return to the new hybrid described in my new catalog.
As you can see the world of landscape and garden does not occur only in the greenhouse or outside in the dirt.