Saturday, January 28, 2023

Quote du jour - Josephine Nuese

 “Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year; for gardening begins in January with a dream.” 

Josephine Nuese, 1901-1974, American gardener and author of The Country Garden, 1970

These words are so very true! My head is full of ideas, and I spend a lot of time looking at catalogues. I am just happy they still come in the mail. Some of them I don't even order from, but this year I feel like I should just as a little thank you for the pleasure I get from looking through them. 

I had declared that I wouldn't have to buy any seeds for this summer because there are still a lot left from last year. More fool me. My head is full of tomatoes, again. After months of eating them fresh, and then using the sauce I made from them, I am again bereft of tomatoes. I've begun thinking of having just a basil, garlic, and tomato garden but then I see a new climbing zucchini, and some varieties of tomato I just must try. And the packets of scallions that didn't get planted last year. And then I think the garden should be doubled! 

So yes, I am indeed dreaming in January.


  1. Some days I think the dreaming is the best part! :)

  2. We'd had so many freezing mornings I brought plants inside. Cant wait for Spring. I would love a garden so I'll see if I can manage it with the relentless heat of summer. It cooks tomatoes way too soon as they are trying to grow.

    I see you are reading In Shetland, me too!

    1. I couldn't help but chuckle when I read your first sentence!
      I gave up the book. Not enough bookstore and too much religion for me!

  3. I like to think about you 'dreaming' of your garden in January. Seems very fitting. :-)

  4. Nan, I thought about you Sunday morning when CBS Morning show ended with their closing nature segment and they were in the snow covered White Mountains. It took my breath away! But you do remind me of my father in that January garden catalogues coming in the mail found him circling new seed packets to order. And this reminds me that once again I've probably postponed ordering my zinnia seeds too long to get my favorite colors. I imagine it will be a long time before you can transplant seedlings outside in your part of the country, right?

    1. Thank you so much for letting me know! I was able to find it. Wonderful, wonderful.
      Here is a new-to-me company this year. Maybe one of their zinnias?
      End of May is safe unless the weather says a frost might be coming.

    2. So glad you posted the video! I'm writing down, thank you! I can imagine that the end of May might sometimes be a little risky since here in Nashville area we've been know to have a hard frost on Mother's Day.


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