Might just have to have it: Yugoslavian Red lettuce from Cook’s Garden
It’s so flattering. I feel positively courted at this time of year! Nope; I don’t have a line of suitors lining up at the back door…and if I did, I think my husband would have something to say about it. It’s those danged seed catalogs.
These things arrive, and I get this uncomfortable feeling: I am being sucked up to. These catalogs? They’re auditioning! “Look at OUR Lolla Rossa lettuce!” “THIS sweet pea is meant for YOUR garden!” “Unfailing yields from THIS Amish Paste tomato!” And on and on.
I will say that this year (so far) Cook’s has the most delectable photographs. I try hard to see signs of blight or bugs and I see none: the pictures are well composed and expensively printed. Some catalogs, like Fedco, don’t even have pictures: considering I buy the most from this outfit, maybe I am more swayed to part with my seed money by the sheer power of words alone. And if I remember correctly, it was Johnny’s that came the latest last year, and in so doing, I gazed at it (lovingly) with the freshest eyes. Now? Now I am blind, there are so many catalogs vying for my attention.
Seriously, somebody needs to do a survey to figure out the efficacy of these catalogs. Which is better? Early, or late arrivals? Writing or photographs? Down-home aw-shucks or erudite Latinisms? What?
Either way, these danged catalogs keep coming. Like most marketing ploys, I am usually not swayed. But then again, I am a complete sucker when it comes to my veg garden, so…flatter me~!