February 17, 2012

Harbingers of Spring

During our northern frost free months, from June through September, I have two potted plants on my small porch, red geraniums and rosemary. When cold threatens, I bring them indoors to winter in my south-facing living room windows. Along with a never-blooming but still alive orchid that resides among books on a table, they are my only house plants.

It's nice to see a bit of greenery in the house during winter, but what I truly love are the flowers that begin to appear in February as the days lengthen. They are a signal that the turn of the season toward spring has begun.

Even outdoors the flowers are yearning upwards: with this year's limited snow cover, the Snowdrops are free to show their green heads above the dark earth.

Upstairs in the house, under grow-lights, the leeks and onions are the first of the garden vegetables that I start from seed. I don't plant the next round of seeds––early broccoli, peppers, eggplant–––until April, so these alliums are a cheerful reminder, in the midst of winter, that the time for playing in the dirt, and watching the magic of growing things, is not far off.


  1. Aaahhh that wonderful shot of green that we all look forward to. Blooms are especially treasured this time of year.

  2. I have had little luck getting orchids to re-bloom either. But you have a real green thumb to keep rosemary going and getting it to bloom. Such a wonderful fragrance when you touch it; really brings the garden indoors.