Dark days are brightening!

– Or they would be if it ever stopped snowing and the sun came out. Truth be told, the sun was out yesterday and the vents in the propagation house opened for the first time all winter. And even though we haven’t seen a whole lot of sun lately, there’s new growth (and growths apparently – this grapefruit has scale, eeeu) on plants that have been sitting like lumps since summer – resting might be a nicer way of putting it. Even Gail and I are aware that the sun is higher in the sky and out for just a titch longer everyday. We’re not actively growing (or are at least we’re trying not to… damn girl-scout cookies…) but we are finally finalizing the seed orders and building enthusiasm for much brighter days ahead.

As I was filling out order forms this year it occurred to me that our methods must be very old-school compared to other gardeners’. We don’t phone in our orders and we don’t order on-line. We fill out the sheets, which are becoming harder to find inside the catalogs, write checks and send them via snail mail – often in our own envelopes. We have also only just started to think seriously about using a spreadsheets to keep track of all the plants we grow. How behind the times are we? How do you place and keep track of your orders?

4 thoughts on “Dark days are brightening!

  1. Yes. You are blissfully, awesomely behind the times. I order fruit tree benchgrafts from a nursery in California that insists only on snail mail, and phone calls. I love that grower. I keep track of my orders by writing them down in an unruled garden journal, which I use more and more all the time. I think I will enjoy looking back at it far more than blog posts or internet orders a few years down the road.

    Susan, I agree – there’s nothing like holding a book of your garden in your hand. The blog is a great record too but very very different. -kris

  2. Can you imagine Marjorie Lyon ordering online?

    “Nuff said.

    My journals are stuffed, stapled in with invoices from plants purchased over the eons of gardening. I agree with Susan that the bills bring back memories. For example, I have the postcards from Montrose Nursery with handwritten thanks and comments from Nancy Goodwin… which I treasure. Alack alas, those days are gone and I am a fossil.

    Ginny, I love thinking that we’re carrying on Marjorie’s traditions in the traditional way! And I think your journals are works of high Art – they really tell the story of your garden. I wish my own had such a story. But it’s young yet… and I’d have to be better about writing it all down and saving stuff… -kris

  3. I’ve just finished a winter project to create a spreadsheet with all the plants, trees, shrubs and vines I have. I’ve used both a Wellies-on-the-ground survey I did last year and the old invoices that have been piling up. It felt soooo good to finish this! I know that it’s not 100% accurate, but at lest I now have some chance to sort of which is which of my gentians, primroses and others that have lost their labels. The challenge will be to keep it up to date.

    Gioia, this is exactly the project we’re thinking about embarking upon – right after I (re)learn how to use excel. I’m a little worried about how long it will take to put together especially hearing how relieved you are to be done with yours… -kris

  4. I make impulse orders and grab packets off the shelf! I am a seed scatterer and never really pay attention to germination rates either. I do keep the seed packets for the season! gail

    Gail, I’m with you at home. (– Although this year I’m making actual orders – the new-fangled way) -kris

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