It’s January, and cold climate gardeners everywhere are finding their hardy souls tested. Winter is tough on the body and on the spirit, and indoor plants are one of the many ways we keep cabin fever at bay. Plants, especially flowering plants, are not an indulgence. They are mental health medicine. The contents of my “medicine chest” look pretty similar to those of December, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh your memory.
Remember that AeroGarden?The AeroGarden that I was sent to review just before Christmas is keeping my 12-year-old daughter and me amused. She informed me when every seed sprouted and whenever a message popped up on the little screen. Unfortunately, the mint never sprouted. We don’t know why.
The amaryllis that bloomed so stupendously a month ago are on their second stalks.Only two blossoms on this second stalk compared to six on the first stalk, but I’ll take them. I never knew one amaryllis bulb could pack so much flower-power. Thanks to Longfield Gardens for opening my eyes.
What about that orchid?What about it? As far as I can tell, it looks exactly as it did when I first bought it more than a month ago. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Persistent poinsettiaWhen our friends walked in with this poinsettia shortly before Christmas, I could not believe my eyes. We had never had such a big one before! One of my brothers lives in Hawaii, and he grows poinsettia as a landscape shrub, so I know they can get even bigger. This one keeps dropping leaves despite my careful attention to watering, so I know it’s only a matter of time before it goes to the compost pile. But I plan to enjoy that vivid red as long as I can.
Heavenly hyacinthsI turned a corner in the grocery store, and I could smell them before I could see them. For a moment, it was spring. I had to bring that fragrance home with me, but I chose the least-opened flower spikes, so they would last the longest at home. I have something to look forward to.
How about you? What plants are your secret weapons against cabin fever?
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.