When looking at the winter landscape outside, it is hard to imagine a summer garden. In fact, it is impossible, especially if there is a layer of snow and ice on the ground. In many parts of the country in January, the ground is frozen solid. It feels hopeless when we are encased in snow and below freezing every day.
But this is the perfect time to enjoy looking at all the seed catalogs and fantasize about what to grow this coming year. Usually the pictures in these catalogs are absolutely stunning. One of my favorite catalogs is from White Flower Farm in Connecticut. The images are mesmerizing. Another great catlog is from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Missouri. It is comprehensive with excellent photos.
Browsing through the catalogs on a cold day gives me many ideas. Then I start to imagine what I might grow.
Since I am a photographer, I have my own photos to check from previous years. Plus I have notes in my gardening journal that tell me what worked and what didn't. So winter is the time to reflect and imagine what the warmer weather will bring.