It’s cold, it’s dreary, and it seems like it will last forever. At least, that’s the reality if you live in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeastern zones, as many of us do. It doesn’t bother me much—I’ve lived and gardened through many a snowy season. No biggie and ho-hum. But I appreciate a gardening publication that looks cold weather in the eye, as the new issue of Wilder Quarterly seems to.
From the frozen white landscape on the cover to the features on Iceland, calendula hand salve, and wild-gathered cuisine in Sweden, the fifth issue of Wilder looks a cold, still season straight in the eye. There is plenty of nonseasonal matter (including an interview with Mark Bittman) and the usual excellent photography.
Last year, I received the winter issue of Wilder well after the snow and cold had relaxed its grip, and it seemed incongruous. This year I got it just in time to provide a grudging appreciation of winter’s glories—as I was cursing its inexorable presence. There are some bright spots—my outdoor bulbs are pushing up, and I thoughtfully supplied myself with enough indoor hyacinths (as you see above) to last until it finally does warm up.
While I enjoy browsing the summer bulb catalogs as much as anyone, I also appreciate a gardening publication that is meant to be really read—not just looked at—by the fire.