Parks is owned by Wayside, which also owns The Cook’s Garden. If they own anything else, let me know. I like to keep track of these liasons. Did you know there are two versions of the Park’s catalog? A bigger one and a smaller one. I think I have the bigger one. It’s 132 pages counting the back cover. The smaller one is under a hundred pages. I’ve never compared the two, though I usually wind up getting both. I’ve never bought an awful lot from Parks. They used to have an early blooming cosmos (was it called Vega? I’ll have to check) but it doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Early bloom in cosmos came to be important to me after I saw my first plants devastated by frost just days after the first bloom. They are not at all frost hardy–don’t even think cold thoughts around them–and they take a while to start blooming, especially if it’s a cool summer, or if you start them in the ground instead of indoors.
In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.
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