Winter Light

The holiday season is solidly behind us now – the flurry of 2012 wrap-ups and 2013 resolution posts in the blogosphere confirms that!

I’ve taken down just about everything Christmas-y in my house…except for the lights.  I love the candles in my windows, and the little lighted village in my hallway. They are little beacons of cozy light that I have such a hard time parting with….

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The bustle of the holidays distracts me from the gloom of short, dark days and the disappointment of dusk falling at mid-afternoon.  Lighted trees, candles and the warmth of holiday cooking are rewards for soldiering through the early-dark days.  But once my attention turns to the New Year, I need to move toward a new sort of light – one that promises that spring will come soon.

I’m sure you are thinking “spring? is she nuts?  we are in deep winter now…”

Yes we sure are – icicles, snow, and below-freezing days…   Got ‘em.

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And I do love winter – don’t get me wrong.  I love snow shoes, cross country skis and fires in the fireplace.  I even love being cold – as long as I know that there is a warm, cozy place waiting for me at the end of the day.

And I do appreciate the clear, stark blue of the winter sky

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But I miss my summer gardens and the delight of growing things.  So at this time of year I do start to turn my attentions toward spring and bring a different sort of light into my home by cultivating a bunch of flowering plants.

This little winner was calling my name at the Home Depot checkout the other day.  And for $3.97 I couldn’t resist…

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Flowering plants bring a different kind of light into the house.   A kind of light that promises that spring will come again and the cycle of the growing season is drawing near.

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Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still enjoy plants indoors by forcing bulbs.  It is perfect for the black-thumb types because you EXPECT that they will die off soon – once you force the bulbs and the blooms die away, you can toss the whole kaboodle outside and the bulbs MIGHT even take out there and grow again.

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Here’s what you need to force bulbs indoors this winter:

  • A clear bowl, glass or jar
  • aquarium rocks from the pet store
  • bulbs (usually deeply discounted at this time of year)

Just add a few rocks to the bottom on the glass container, plop a few bulbs in (you can add a single bulb or crowd in a whole bunch – they don’t care!), top off with a few more rocks, add enough water to cover the bottom half of the rocks are you are ready to roll!

In a few weeks you will have lovely blooms.

This year I planted tulips and daffodils.

Just before Christmas I planted paperwhites – they lasted about five weeks!  They’re just now starting to droop to the point where I’ll have to toss them out

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But even as they begin to die down, they still glow green in the sun and animate the precious few hours of winter light I have with shadows

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Which is enough to get me through til spring.

What do you do to find light in the middle of a dark winter?

 

 

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Comments

  1. I did the same thing…. I brought out more white tulips after I took down the Christmas ornaments!! Spring is my favorite seasons. (I live in the midwest….so we truly have FOUR seasons…… ugh)

  2. Thanks for stopping by Danelle – I hope your tulips bloom. Mine seems to be stuck at the 3″ green leaf stage…

  3. thanks for visiting my blog today and clearly great minds think alike, lol :)

    I have bulbs going too! It’s just the right sort of early cheer needed at this time ! :)

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