Counting Catalogs, Reading and Writing

The garden catalogs for 2012 are piling up!

Garden Catalogs 2012

With no snowy quiet days yet, the moment has not come when I take the pile to my desk and examine the options for the upcoming garden year.  Does it feel like 2011 garden season ended?  Where are we?  South Carolina, Georgia?  The ground won’t freeze, the snow won’t fly!  I need some closure on ’11 before I get excited for ’12!  Have only received 25 garden catalogs thus far.  How many have arrived at your door?

Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear Stacy Bass speak, and viewed her beautiful presentation of her garden photography!  She has been published in some of the best print magazines and is excited to be bringing a book out in April.
I can’t wait!  You can preorder at Amazon! I was invited to have lunch with her and a group of dedicated photographers.  In awe of her talent, we asked many, many questions!  The day was inspiring. My cameras beckon!  I am always torn where to spend my hours – photographing, reading or writing.  And the question begs, why do we write, why do we read, and why do we photograph?

Joan Didion has said,

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.  What I want and what I fear.”

I venture the same could be said for photography.  I recently read Joan Didion’s latest book, a haunting story about her daughter’s illness and her journey through the darkest days.   I found the Didion quote while surfing this morning in the early dark hours….www.talkingwriting.com.  I love the way the internet can lead you here and there.  I am so thankful that I have found some amazing bloggers that send me to those places!

So, the catalogs remain unread; another reason for that is the pile of books I am trying to finish.  Best so far isJennifer Egan’s, “A Visit from the Goon Squad.”  I can’t put this one down!!!  So, for at least one more day, I will find that most comfortable well lit spot and finish this book while the pile of garden catalogs waits with patience to be read.

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About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to Counting Catalogs, Reading and Writing

  1. Tricia says:

    Can I just copy your post to my neglected blog? I have been struggling with a post about this bizarre weather for the past three days. I might just default to the National Weather Service rundown of the near-records in our area. Catalogs are arriving but, as you say, it’s hard to find the quiet, snowy day to concentrate on them. It’s almost like a case of winter-long spring fever! Have you tried goodreads.com yet? I highly recommend it.

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  2. I have finished my seed ordering – but only received one catalogue in the post – I find that if you don’t order from them every year the seed companies stop sending them. Luckily I have plenty of seed left over from last year.

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  3. Holleygarden says:

    I have my seeds ordered – so many catalogs, but I just chose two to order from (one for flower seeds, one for vegetable seeds). It’s been warm enough here to go outside most days – I miss having those cold days to sit around and read!

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  4. Stacy Bass says:

    Thanks so much for your kind shout-out Jayne! It was great to meet you and your fellow garden club members and to have the chance to speak to (and dine with!) such an enthusiastic group. I really enjoyed it. Hope to see you again very soon!
    best,
    Stacy
    PS. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon..due out April 24. Very excited!
    http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Stacy-Bass/dp/1595910735/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326399261&sr=8-1

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  5. designchic says:

    “A visit from the goon squad” looks like a must read for me, and I can hardly wait for Stacy Bass’ garden book…it looks stunning!! Thrilled to find and follow your blog ~

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