Annie’s is what every nursery should be: focused, specialized, and highly regional. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t check out her catalog if you’re outside of zones 9-10; as the name implies, she’s heavy on annuals, and you can probably grow a lot of them no matter where you are.
The 2010 catalog arrived this week, just as I was coming to terms with the fact that my garden is FULL–beyond full, really, and best left to its own devices this year.
But no. Now I’ve got this catalog to try to resist. Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s making me absolutely insane:
(photo credit Forest & Kim Starr via Annie’s; all other photos via Annie‘s.)
1. Because now I have to make room for a dozen Agave attenuata–and wait ten years for them to do this.
2. Because this is the native milkweed that feeds western Monarch butterflies. And it’s fragrant. And it prefers bad soil and neglect.
3. Because this is what they call a nigella.
4. Because this is a native wildflower I’ve never even heard of.
5. Because this red buckwheat is a pollinator magnet that also loves neglect, drought, and bad soil.
6. Because of Iranian poppies with crazy curved seed pods (which you will have to check the print catalog to see.)
7. Because the little tree they call the Kool-Aid bush actually smells like grape Kool-aid.