The first seed catalog of the year

arrived in the mail today. Surely to a gardener this marks an important shift in the seasons, like the first crocus or robin of spring? It was Fedco Seeds of Maine’s seed catalog. Fedco specializes in cold-hardy varieties of vegetables, flowers, perennials, and trees, and as a nonprofit coop, is dear to my heart. I order most of my vegetable seeds from them.

Another company that’s very dear to me because of many years of excellent products and good service is Prairie Nursery, which is located in Wisconsin. (I with they were here in the east, but they’re not. If you order from them, make sure the plants you choose are native to your region as well as to the midwest.) Right now they are offering 10 percent off on gift certificates. Think about that if you are looking for a great gift for a gardener.

Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) from Prairie Nursery. If you have moist soil and a shady site, you can grow this lovely native spring ephemeral.

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