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January 22, 2021 2 min read

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
  Chinese proverb.
  Rebecca – Horticulturalist and Owner/Manager of BDS U.S
As my garden sleeps, January is made substantially less dull for me by using this quieter time for planning, something I like to call my ‘garden dreaming’.
The couple of garden catalogues my environmentally conscious self allows for, have already arrived and within them pages of dazzling plants offering me endless possibilities and could there be a better time to look toward a brighter future than now, with thoughts of better days ahead!
I set myself two goals for January, 1) have my seed and plant orders in by the end of the month, ordering early ensures I get what I want and 2) avoid past mistakes of being overzealous and ordering too much; this only leads to me feeling overwhelmed once everything arrives. To help with number 2, I make my initial list, leave it for a few days, then whittle it down to a more reasonable length.
As well as the catalogues, I utilize online ordering for those harder to find seeds, I can find just about everything this way. But surely the most rewarding of all is a visit to the local garden centre where I can touch and feel the plants with the added bonus of knowing they are selling plants suited to my climate and the on-hand knowledge of the growers themselves. I will have to be patient and wait for spring for this, but supporting small local businesses is very important to me; by the way, did you know that both Backdoorshoes U.S and Backdoorshoes U.K are family owned and operated!
Enjoy your garden dreaming and in the words of Gloria Steinem, “without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.”