in case you're already experiencing withdrawal symptoms from the garden (like me.) There are many ways to "feed" the obsession and lots to
if you just switch focus from outdoors to in.
Bulbs are the fastest, easiest means to get a bloom "fix" (aside from purchasing something already flowering) Believe me ~ I know all the methods as I'm sure many of you do too.
Paperwhites will flower in just two or three short weeks:
I enjoy the growing process more than the actual blooms so I plant them in tall, clear, cylindrical vases for the best visual effect.
There are always Amaryllis. Oh the Amaryllis. The more the better I say. One of the few reasons I look forward to winter. They really are the showiest (IMHO) of the winter bloomers and fairly quick to reach the flowering stage as well.
'Blushing Bride' arrived the middle of October (with my outdoor bulb order) and is already about to open:
That's pretty fast but I think normal since most Amaryllis bulbs say "bloom in 4 to 6 weeks."
Orchids are another way to beat the winter gardening blues. The shorter days must spur them to bloom because I have a number sporting buds and/or spikes right now including this Paphiopedilum:
and of course there's the Oncidium orchid I've shared with you in the previous post. It's reached full flower mode since I posted:
Wow! Why was I having withdrawals?? I can't remember, looking at it!
There are always houseplants too ~ or pond plants ~ like the pitcher plant I saved from freezing:
I don't know if it will bloom for me but I hope to at least keep it alive for next spring.
If none of these interest you, how about planting some cat grass?
It's pretty to look at (once again thru a clear planter) and your cat will love you immensely for it!!!
What's not to like about that?!