This last couple of weeks I've been losing myself in the dreamy world of 2013 seed catalogues.
In my head I have created the most beautiful cottage garden with every vegetable that can be grown in the English climate and an abundance of flowers and herbs, too.
If I bought every kind of seed I had scribbled a little star next to, it would cost over £200 so I have had to scale my plans back somewhat for the practical world!
The garden in my head will never fully come to fruition, of course, but I do love to dream. It's so easy to be optimistic when it's really too cold and wet for digging and the weeds are mostly dormant.
I'm enjoying learning about different varieties of vegetables on offer this year - comparing them and deciding which will best suit my windy garden. I'm being bold and daring, thinking about trying things I haven't managed before. I'm scribbling sketches of how it might work, a vegetable jigsaw.
Mostly this year I'm excited about growing things that can't be found in the shops or at the market - stripy things, veggies in untraditional colours, herbs that can't be bought in the shops at all any more.
On the windowsills I have salad crops, greens, and tête-à-tête poking through the soil and there's a new batch of seed sprouts this morning - all keeping my green fingers occupied until my seeds arrive.
I need to get cracking on some more clearing up work out in the real garden but for now, today, I might enjoy the dreaming a little longer...
What growing plans do you have this year? Are you attempting anything new or unusual?