Category Archives: Winter


April 21, 2019


Forsythia is a word I enjoy saying because of how it rolls off my tongue. It’s also a shrub I have fallen in love with over the years as it’s one of the first signs of spring. It mutes out the grey, dreary “sticks” of winter with the most vibrant pops of yellow. It renews my spirit and gives me the belief that spring is coming. It’s sunshine on here on earth, and it brings joy as it melt...

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March 10, 2019

Dreaming of Spring: My Favourite Bulbs and Blooms

If you live in the Northeast in the United States like I do, you are dreaming of spring, as winter seems to get longer every year, and this year is without exception. Even those of you in the warmer climates like Tucson, Arizona or the Pacific Northwest have experienced a cold and even snowy winter. So, let’s have some happy, warm thoughts about spring and summer, starting with some of my favori...

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March 26, 2018

Flower Quote: The Deep Roots

MY TWO CENTS The deep roots never doubt spring will come…For me, this quote is more than a quote about spring coming. It’s the reminder to believe, even in toughest and darkest times (as winter can feel like), that there is the spring that follows: light, beauty and renewal. It’s also a helpful quote for me as I look out and see more than a foot of snow covering the ground. I do know spring...

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January 07, 2018

Planting In The Snowfall: Paperwhite Bulbs

In the Northeast, there is a blanket of white covering the ground and snow falling all around. I’m planting in the snowfall, though not in my garden, but in my studio. The forced Paperwhite bulbs I purchased in December and have kept in a paper bag for over a month now have given me something to look forward to during the cold months of January and February. As I open the bag and peek in, I’m ...

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January 01, 2018

Flower Quote: And Now We Welcome The New Year

MY TWO CENTS And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been... This quote comes from a letter the author wrote to his wife while in Capri and experiencing the excitement and chaos of the New Year being celebrated in the streets. I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but there is something very exciting about a new start and a new beginning; to think about all of...

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December 31, 2017

All that bloomed in 2017

As I look back on 2017 and all that has bloomed and transpired with each Wednesday’s Flower and Cutting Room Floor, I’m grateful, as it continues to remind me of what an amazing world we live in. It’s quite extraordinary to look back and see such a stunning array of budding blooms from all over the world. It’s quite extraordinary to look back and see such a stunning array of budding bloo...

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December 24, 2017

On This Winter Day

On this winter day, days before Christmas, I want to wish you and yours the most happy of holiday seasons. And with all that needs to be done to prepare for Santa’s appearance, I hope you take a couple of moments and think about what this time of years means to you and what you are thankful for. For me, this is my most favorite of holidays, and I’m very grateful for all that I have, and even m...

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December 10, 2017

Picotee Amaryllis

The holidays are such a bright and cheerful time of year. Here in the Northeast it’s even more appreciated, since all of the vivid color of the past seasons has faded away. So, I started to think about what can be done to bring color and cheer into the months of January, February and March. Then I thought, how about a gift of wonder for after the holidays: forced bulbs for growing indoors. By g...

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Flower Quote: To Be Interested In

December 19, 2016

to be interested in

MY TWO CENTS To be interested in Winter Solstice coming is not always easy here in the Northeast with cold, blustery days and snow imminent, but I can get excited about the fact that it will bring with it the start of longer days and there is something so beautiful with winter’s light. For me, snow falling is so magical, and I know that my bulbs and perennial gardens are nicely tucked in for th...

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Sleeping Through The Summer

September 08, 2015

Blooming holiday gift ideas - Floating Petals floral community - Picotee Amaryllis

All summer long I’m thinking about my gardens outside: enjoying their beauty, weeding them, and thinking about what I can add to them next year. What I forget about are the winter forced bulbs that are on the shelf in our garage, where they are doing their thing: resting and rejuvenating for the upcoming fall and winter. I’m pretty sure I forget about them, as it’s not a pretty shelf: a shel...

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