I picked up a little pack of Field Notes Journals at our town's general store, Town Wharf General Store.
There's something special about taking notes in these simple little notebooks with brown paper bag covers. And once I wrap a length of twine around them I feel like I have a special nature journal, all tied up with garden secrets for the coming season.
I have decided to add a few old-fashioned varieties to our gardens this season:
hollyhocks, morning glory,
nasturtium, sweet peas….
….so I have been doing a bit of research….both online, and in my favorite old gardening encyclopedias.
There's nothing like turning 50 year old pages and dreaming about the gardener before you who may have been planning for their little ( or big) garden….
I read with anticipation, planning carefully, thoughtfully jotting important information on seed germination and planting times.
My mind creates a mental garden map, nasturtium weaving its way up the arbor...
….hollyhocks acting as a stately back drop to the vegetable garden….
….sweet peas ready to overfill jam jars….perfuming our summer air with floral goodness….
…morning glories in varied hues to bloom by day….and a moonflower…to bloom at night.
And when I tire of the dipping mercury, or the snowy forecast, I tuck my little notebooks under my pillow, and I dream a little dream.