Sunday, January 16, 2011

Looking at Seed Catalogs

It's that time of year when I start thinking about my garden. When I opened The Cooks Garden seed catalog and saw this beautiful photo of Romanesco broccoli, I could not keep my eyes off it. It's an Italian heirloom, and a work of art. Each packet has 130 seeds, so I'll share the seeds with my fellow gardeners. It's a new variety, and I'm willing to give it a chance in my garden.

The seed catalogs are a gentle reminder that our winter activities will eventually cease, and we'll be seeing green instead of white. Yesterday, we went to Whetstone Gulf State Park which is built in and around a three-mile-long gorge cut into the eastern edge of the Tug Hill Plateau in New York. It's about an hour from our home. The gorge is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas east of the Rocky Mountains.

The snow did not let up all day, so my hood came in very handy.

For those of you may like to try snowshoeing for exercise in the winter months, you can do it in your own backyard if you have the land available. We can drive 10 minutes from our house to a local park or golf course to snowshoe. If you can walk, you can showshoe. In the picture below, you will see I have the aluminum showshoes with crampons that dig into the snow and ice for traction. I use ski poles, but you don't have to.

Snowshoeing is a peaceful adventure, and a nice way to spend quality time with family and friends.

As much as I love winter, please Hurry Up Spring so I can grow some broccoli!

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Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I never thought I would hear you say "hurry up spring" as you are the only outdoor winter lover I know :) By the way, you look fantastic out and about snowshoeing. Those are a lot like the ones Jeff has.

    I can't keep my eyes off that photo either! At first I thought it was some kind of cauliflower and then read it is broccoli, I am headed over to that catalog to see what other beauty it beholds. The photo is so artistic I think it would be neat framed.

  2. That is a gorgeous broccoli!! Much to lovely to eat!!! Wow! Have a wonderful day!

  3. I've oogled photos of that same broccoli! It's like a work of modern art!

    I've been getting lots of seed catalogs too but I've barely started going through them - yet. If I order seeds too early they'll probably freeze in the mailbox!

    You look so cute in your snowshoes ;)

  4. I am right there with you, wishing spring was here already. The broccoli does look great. Wonderful mosaic.

  5. Debbie, thank you for visiting my blog. It is nice to "meet" you. That brocolli IS a work of art! I can't wait to see if it grows in your garden. I've never tried snow shoes. You look like someone who has done a lot of exercising - whether it's in snow shoes or not. What beautiful photos of the snow. laurie

  6. I can relate to the seed catalogs! I love this time of year when they all start to appear in the mail box and I sit down to dream! Amazing broccoli!

  7. I love cavolo romano (as we here in Italy call Romanesco broccolo).... and even rockie mountains!!!

    Thanks for joining to my "romanti" contest...I wait for "your" heart!!Hugs, Flavia

  8. I've never seen that broccoli, it looks very pretty! How cool looking! Can't wait to see you make something with that!

    Kathleen might need snowshoes soon! Looks like fun!

  9. Oh how lovely! I admire you for snow shoeing! I'm much too clumsy to try!

  10. I want to know how that broccoli turns out. In fact I'm going to look for some for my garden when it gets planting time.
    Like you I really enjoy snowshoeing. It's a great way to work up a sweat!

  11. I cannot believe that is broccoli. It is gorgeous. I'd love to grow it just to look at, never mind eat it.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. That broccoli looks very interesting and pretty!

  13. I'm behind my visiting blogs Debbie, so I missed your pretty romanesco. I loved eating the one that came in my veggie box. Closer to cauliflower! You DO make exercise look fun.


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