Very few of us are lucky enough to live in a climate sufficiently mild on a consistent basis to grow flowers and tender plants outside year ‘round. Even here in Texas, where I’m visiting my daughters and their families for the holidays, blooms are quite limited. The constantly rising and falling temperatures are certainly a challenge to gardening. I’ve already watched my daughter and son-in-law drag their potted plants into and back out of the garage, where they gained added protection from the frost. Tonight’s plummeting predictions probably point to a repeat performance, as well!
What’s an avid “grow-seeker” to do, to get that gardening fix during the long winter months? Here are a few suggestions:
- Buy a new and unusual flowering houseplant
- Invest in grow-light shelves for plants needing more light than your windows offer
- Force bulbs for spring blossoms all winter long
- Grow something edible, like sprouts, leaf lettuce, or herbs, in a sunny window or under your grow light
- Explore the fun of tending a dish garden
- Check out some gardening books from the library and plan a new garden area for next spring
- Buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers and meet the challenge of seeing how long you can keep them fresh
I imagine that many fellow writers out there also use growing things, indoors and out, as inspiration in their writing. If the view out your window right now is sadly lacking (I’m lucky to be looking at a blooming rosebush, but the rest is quite bleak), it’s up to you to remedy that situation.
Just the act of writing about this today reminds me that I need to “keep growing”. Besides that, I surprisingly came up with a fun idea for a kids’ book as this piece evolved. I’m keeping that topic a secret for now, but you’ll probably find out more in future posts.