Someone here has accused my side of the family as being carriers of the gene for hoarding. I disagree. We do like to hold onto things, but we’re not big spenders and the things which come our way are either still eventually used, or have some other end in mind. A further defense point is that if something sits for more than seven years we’re more than willing to get rid of it… although it still hurts putting it to the curb and I far prefer giving it away.
My parents must be at the giving away stage. For the last few years they’ve been making a serious effort at putting their affairs in order and working their way through the mountain of things which a lifetime will accumulate. I’m in complete denial as to why they’d want to do this, so it’s been fun seeing all these memories come back to life and having a chance to look back on the tender beginnings of this world famous garden blogger.
I always thought they wanted to hold onto this stuff for when they open the museum, but apparently even they didn’t realize what real treasures they were holding on to. I’ll stick to the ordering side for now but maybe some day I’ll bore you with some of the detailed flowering and growth records I kept for years and the tedious development plans I had for most every corner of the yard. Obviously my obsession started early and rather than throw around terms such as ‘just like Thomas Jefferson’ and ‘coulda been president’, today we’ll just stick with that winter treat of all gardeners, the catalogs.
So maybe I do horde favorite gardening catalogs and magazines. I could have worse faults I think and as I look out at blowing snow and bitter windchills it’s got me thinking about this year’s plant budget. Steve over at Glebe House Garden has a weekly running tab of hours spent working in the garden and it gives an eyeopening look at how much work a perfectly maintained garden can take. My garden is neither perfectly maintained nor do my hours in the garden accurately reflect any amount of real work being done. I think if I attempted the same I’d just be embarrassed by any attempt to explain why it took me two hours to plant six tomato seedlings… even if I only spent half that time staring at the clouds or pondering an iris flower. I won’t try that.
What I will try is to keep a tab of how much I spend on the garden, and before you get all fine print on me I’d like to say up front I’ll be excluding several gray area costs from the tally. Gas prices don’t count even if I drive two hours one way for a plant. Gardening magazine subscriptions don’t count. Garden construction projects probably won’t count. Postage on a plant trade doesn’t count even if it’s an eight pound box of lilies from Utah. Of course snowdrops don’t count, that’s still just my midlife crisis.
Here’s where 2018 is at. Plant society memberships do count since they give me access to bunches of excellent seeds, and those are our first yearly expenses.
$40 membership renewal for the NA Rock Gardening Society
$15 for 25 packets of seed exchange seeds
$25 membership renewal for the American Primrose Society
$18 for 18 packets of seed exchange seeds
$35 membership renewal for the Mid Atlantic Hardy Plant Society
$20 for 35 packets of seed exchange seeds -10 extra for being a donor 🙂
$ 153 so far. Off to a rocky start and I haven’t even made a definite decision on the Historic Iris and American Daffodil Societies…