Snow arrived, as promised, and blanketed a rather drab decor with a fresh coat of white. I’m bundled indoors, cozy next to the fireplace and a thick pile of flower catalogs: the summer bulbs are here.

What’s featured in the glossy pages? Gladioli, every breed of lily in existence and tuberoses, but the best pictures are of dahlias, the giant kind, which grows the size of a child’s head, in every color imaginable.

Their colorful tapestry looks unreal compared to the view out the window, white on white, with white accents.

I promise to finally try dahlias this year. I think I figured out why they never made it to my garden: by the time the flower beds are cleaned and ready to plant, it’s already too late to start them. Not this year, though.

Seed starting is tempting again this year, because there are some beautiful and unusual plants, especially perennials, you can’t get any other way.

Maybe some weird tomato breeds…

To be honest, I only start tomato plants from seed because they have a fast, 100% germination rate and that feels very rewarding on a gloomy February day, but goodness knows they’ll sprout upside down from cement all on their own if their seeds happen to fall on it.

I can’t dig myself out of the ones that volunteered in the front yard last season, and every year the veggie fairy brings more.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"; "Between Mirrors"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: allyeargarden.com and theweeklygardener.com, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.