I'm Dreaming of a Green Garden

| 12/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

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It’s December 10, time for me to start decorating for the holidays, and I find myself flipping through the November/December issue—specifically the article “Dreaming of a Greener Holiday”—which is packed with information about Christmas tree choices, energy-efficient LED colored lights and paper-saving wrapping.

It may strike you as odd that I should need to refer to the very articles I read 10 to 15 times before they were sent to the printer. Short-term memory loss? Well, not exactly.

The real problem is that magazine editors suffer from Seasonal Displacement Disorder (SDD)—we’re always working four to six months ahead. The Natural Home staff was preparing articles about low-emissions fireplace inserts, natural-wool comforters and baking healthy cookies in August. While writing photo captions for snowy December house scenes, I was bent over my laptop wearing shorts and a tank-top in front of the swamp cooler.

As I write this blog, I’m up to my eyeballs in gardening articles.

Ten days before Winter Solstice, I’m in full Spring Equinox mode: checking this or that detail about organic mulch, Earth Day and heat- and drought-tolerant flowers. In January, I’ll start cooking up summer picnics and writing tips for reducing chlorine in the swimming pool.

SDD is not life-threatening; in fact, seasonal disorientation can actually be fun. When it’s 12 degrees outside, it’s a fantasy for me to edit a recipe for fresh-baked strawberry-rhubarb pie. And my toes dance inside two layers of wool socks as I write “37 Ways To Use Organic Zucchini from Your Garden”—a delight I’m sure would not be so sweet in the actual month of July.