My seed packets have arrived from The Cook’s Garden, one of my favorite seed companies. I’ve held on to their older catalogs which include charming illustrations by woodblock artist Mary Azarian of Vermont. Mary has illustrated a large number of excellent children’s books depicting life in the country, historical figures and several alphabet books. In the introduction to A Gardener’s Alphabet she writes, “After almost forty years of growing all manner of plants, I have almost learned how to garden. I am convinced that gardening is the most difficult of the arts.” I agree wholeheartedly!