The Seed Catalog Itch

Well, I finally succumbed yesterday. I don’t really have access to a gardening space, living in an apartment and all. In the past, I’ve rented a plot at the Iowa State University Student Organic Farm and I’ve had pots of flowers and a few veggies on my veranda, but the veranda faces north, and now the Student Farm has moved about 10 miles away, so really, I shouldn’t be looking at seed catalogs at all. But yesterday I had to go to the doctor, and you know how that can go….long waits, more waiting…so I took my Seeds of Change catalog, just to help me relax and I found myself plotting how I could grow something this summer, somewhere! So in honor of garden dreaming, today I’ll post a pic from the SOF, as we await a possible half inch of ice followed by up to 8 inches of snow and yes, spring is still on her way I hope!


The first robin

Entering and leaving work lately I’ve noticed the birds singing, even though the temperature is still in the single digits. Today, however, I saw with my very own eyes the first true sign of spring – a robin. And it wasn’t just a fleeting or off in the distance “was that really a robin I saw?” sighting. This robin looked like he was waiting for me, right outside the door to my apartment. My front door (well, my only door really) exits onto a building-long veranda that is edged with boxy yews and my robin sat on one yew, then as I walked towards the mailbox, he hopped onto the next shrub. I am sure he was saying “look here, don’t be so glum, here I am, just for you, smile, spring is coming!”

Now I can’t say as I have a picture of a robin sitting on my hard drive to share with you and I haven’t taken any new photos in months, but I’m sure I have something birdish to give you, to make you think of spring and days and days of green on the horizon! (later in April….I did find a robin with my camera!)

Later, my camera found my robin!