Wintertime is hard for those who love to be outdoors in their garden. I think of it as a glass half-full kind of winter.

Needing more color:

I decided to unfold one of my quilts and drape it over the chair. In this wintry weather, I just needed a little bit more color.

Especially on these cloudy overcast days of January.

House plants, which add a bit of nature to my surroundings, help to make winter days more palatable.

Not to mention the added benefit that plants take toxins out of the air I breathe.

I can’t believe winter has just barely begun, and yet I’m already tired of it.

gazing out the patio doors:

I keep gazing out the patio doors to my beloved patio, where, just a few months ago, the containers were filled with blooms.

Oh, how I miss my yellow roses. My yellow lantana and purple petunias. My aromatic herbs: pineapple sage, lemon verbena, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm and various mints. 

I’m already looking up which varieties of veggies and fruit will grow well in containers.

Whether I might get another tree for my patio to keep Jade company.

I know you’re supposed to “love the one you’re with”, and I think that should also go for the seasons.

Always a gardener:

But I’m a gardener, and I want to garden.

House plants are great, and I’d probably have the true blues without them.

Still, I miss the sun warming my back and listening to birdsong while I plant flowers.

I enjoy watching new leaves unfurl on my indoor plants. But I also loved going out to the patio each day and seeing a new bloom.

But I’m determined to “love the one I’m with.” So I’ll be sure to cherish the darker days. The cozy quilts and candles flickering.

Reading:

I’ll lose myself in the books on my night stand/dresser and savor the various story plots.

I’ll be extra appreciative of the warmth of my coffee mug in the mornings. As well as the aroma of coffee brewing.

I’ll study the stark artistry of bare tree branches as opposed to those filled with leaves.

And watch the sun as it beams a different path, and relish the way the moon hangs like a disco ball in the inky darkness.

I’ll thumb through old decorating magazines and wonder how the various ideas might be adapted to my little apartment.

Feeling Joy:

All these things are reasons to feel joy.

Because there is something wonderful to be found in each of the four seasons.

A glass half-full kind of wonderful.

Even for the gardener who eagerly awaits spring planting while sporting perfectly clean fingernails.

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  1. Brenda, love your phrase of “study the stark artistry of bare tree branches”; I have never read that before but it is so how I do all winter when I see bare trees in a new area as I am traveling. I just love the way different types of trees have different ways their limbs branch out – something you don’t notice when the leaves are all over the trees.

  2. I live in a part of New York state that gets a lot of snow and I’m not find of winter sports….
    I like to think of these gray short days as nature’s hibernation,then when everything wakes up again we can enjoy it so much more!

  3. I certainly understand people missing the gardening season, when it’s so colorful. But I am happy for winter to be here. I don’t really like hot weather. As fall progresses into the colder months, I start to feel like I have more energy. I guess it’s because I have a late November birthday!

    1. I don’t like hot weather either. I just wasn’t prepared for this cold weather, as it hasn’t been this cold in years.

  4. I like winter, because it makes me appreciate the other seasons so much more. Your place looks really cozy! Enjoy your day! 😉

  5. I lived on the equator for two years and honestly didn’t miss the snow. Well, just a little. I did miss the seasons as I knew them–spring/summer/fall/winter; somehow seasons consisting of long rains/long drought/short rains/short drought weren’t as psychologically discrete–they didn’t carry the same connotations of rebirth/abundance (or vacation)/harvest (and school)/Christmas and coziness.
    Now I live well north of you, but the windows are open and a sweater is enough–the Mediterranean keeps the winters here very mild.

  6. Thank you for this post….. In every season… we can enjoy and make the best of what we have!! I love that you put your quilt out … very pretty !!! Your indoor plants seem to be thriving … but I understand the craving for the patio… I have a deck with a small bistro set on it and so many beloved plants….. But … even with the covers and plastic sheeting… the bitter EXTREMELY RARE… cold last week got some of them … (bitter to us here in N. Florida that is…. ) :(.. Soooo i just want to get out there and freshen up … start again…. !! feel the sun and watch some plants bloom !!!!

  7. My favorite aromatic tree was a Meyer Lemon tree. The first year it produced a number of lemons and the blooms smelled heavenly. The second year it bloomed but didn’t produce lemons, but my niece had one that grew well. Since I’m not much of a gardener, I think I killed the plant, but I’m sure you would nurture it and figure out the fruit producing cycle. Most big box hardware stores sold the plant so I don’t think it’s hard to find. I live in the Dallas area and it survived our hot summer. And I am already tired of winter, too, even though ours has been relatively mild.

  8. I can’t speak as to fruits. But tomatoes – even the big tall old-fashioned varieties, not just the smaller more compact plants – are easy to grow in containers. Way back in college days we used to grow tomato plants inside of large cardboard boxes lined with plastic trash bags and filled half-way with potting soil. We parked 3 of them out on our back balcony where they got sun and watered them daily. They grew like WEEDS and we had TONS of tomatoes, LOL! Grew tomatoes ever year we lived in that apartment and fed everyone in the apartment building with them, including ourselves. I planted one tomato plant in a large pot this season on my patio and checked to see if it needed watering daily, as it got nearly the entire day’s sun until late afternoon and was still taking tomatoes off of it in November – until it was finally killed by a couple of hard freezes.

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