This time of year I get a little restless and wish for something green and flowering. There's nothing outdoors now but brown grass and a few drifts of snow here and there and it's far too cold for anything but lichens to be growing.
So to fulfill a desire for something green and flowery, I went to my local Stuff Mart and bought a couple boxes of paperwhite bulbs and planted them into terra cotta. Is there anything so wonderful as a bloom in February.....even if it is indoors? I should plant another batch to be in bloom for Easter!
Another way you might want to enjoy a little nature amidst the winter is to grab a good book. Gene Stratton-Porter is one of my all-time favorite authors. Not only is she an excellent story-teller, but she vividly and deliberately flavors her books with her love of wildflowers, birds, and anything-nature. If you're a nature lover like me, you'll fall in love with this author.
O the green things growing,
the green things growing,
The faint sweet smell of the green things growing!
~Dinah Mulock Craik