Perhaps it's the combination of the holidays and a winter birthday, or the hunkering-down tendency that rainy days inspire, but all I want to do is get pretty things in the mail. If I received a box full of dwarf conifers or perky succulents, I might be content to stay indoors until spring.
Garden Design, my new favorite magazine (my friend passed her most recent copy onto me after she read it), has a very helpful feature on reputable mail-order plant companies. Though I am forever in love with San Francisco's own Flora Grubb, sometimes the hour-long train ride to get there seems daunting. Worth it, of course, but most days it seems I lack the time and/or ruggedness to schlep plants home on a crowded train. It's occurring to me that the cost of a cab and of shipping are probably comparable, but let's keep talking about mail-order plants anyway…
I am especially intrigued by Annie's Annuals, home of California wildflowers and heirloom plants, and Moss Acres, which offers "the enchanting tranquility of a moss garden…virtually overnight". Yes, please. Martha Stewart is always doing things with moss that fill me with crazy moss-envy (a moss garden in a giant bowl! moss & mushroom centerpieces!), but I can never seem to find it anywhere. Now there's a world of moss and orchids at our fingertips!
Check out the full list: Garden Design | The Best Mail-Order Plant Sources.