The Cook’s Garden

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The Cook’s Garden arrived in my mailbox today. I have always had success with their seeds, and I like the selection they offer, but frankly, they have to compete with Johnny’s for my seed purchases, and usually Johnny’s wins. Johnny’s seems to be more directly aimed at the cold climate grower; I can’t remember which of them comes out ahead on price. Cook’s seems to have a nicer flower selection, and I’ve been wanting to try their snapdragons for years. The absolutely best thing about the Cook’s Garden catalog, however, is that it has prints by Mary Azarian on almost every page.

I just love her work! Years ago I got a catalog in the mail of what she currently offered. She sold an address book at the time based on many of her alphabet prints. I have always regretted not buying it when it was available. For an address book it was expensive, but as a piece of original art it was actually affordable (twelve bucks, tops) and–be still, my frugal heart–practical as well.

Ah, well, live and learn. I love the “Narcissus” cottage garden print especially, and the “Domestic Angel,” and “Reading in Bed.” Actually it’s hard to stop listing favorites. The calendar would be wonderful, too, but twenty bucks for a calendar? When Lowe’s has been sending me one for free? See? The miser wins out over the aesthete every time.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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