Outside, my front yard looks like this:
And my back yard looks like this, beautiful with early morning shadows, with about two feet of snow (so far – it ain’t over yet – generally speaking, we get most of our snow in February and March).
But inside, it looks like this:
Forcing bulbs is such a wonderful way to bring Spring into my life a little earlier, cheering my winter-weary soul. These little crocuses, which exude the most heavenly fragrance, tell me to hang in there, soon enough the season will change!
My sweet husband bought me a bouquet of Dutch iris that I’ve kept in the cool sunspace to make them last longer. Normally they last about three days in the warmth of the house, but here they’ve lasted a week and a half.
Another winter favorite of mine are cyclamen. This lipstick-pink variety is so prolific, on sunny days it perfumes the whole room. (I think it smells like Bazooka bubblegum!) They love cool weather and go dormant in the spring when it gets warm. I stop watering them, tuck the pots into a dark corner of the porch and forget about them until leaves begin to emerge in the late fall, when I start watering them again. They prefer to be pot bound and I’ve had this one for at least a dozen years and only transplanted it once.
My sunspace garden provides the necessary lift that pulls me through the long winter, providing color and fragrance while the outside world is dominated by the dull monochromes of dormancy. Sitting in the midst of my tiny indoor garden, I can escape the doldrums that might otherwise drag me down. To paraphrase Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with flowers.”
So even though the spring equinox is still about four weeks away, today I get to enjoy the preview of coming attractions.