Yesterday afternoon was sunshine warm and 70 on our back porch, so I pulled on some shorts, grabbed the Baker Creek catalog and sat on the swing and dreamed of next year's garden.
As I flipped through the pages, I dreamed of pole beans and summer squash, of red ripe tomatoes and abundant strawberries. I envisioned apples on my 4 year old trees. I dreamed of rich, brown soil free of weeds.
And I dreamed of flowers.
When I place my order this year it won't only be for the veggies that will grace my plate. It will also be for the flowers that I hope to grow, cut and have scattered around in bright bouquets inside my house. Perhaps a small vase of flowers on my desk at work too.
I glance down at the little potted pansy that I keep protected from frost on my back porch.
It's bright colors are such a contrast to the gray and brown winter world of my dormant backyard. It's a promise of Spring that will bring me comfort during the dark days ahead.
Until I get my brightly colored seed packets in the mail that is.
Then I can spread those out on the kitchen table and dream some more.