Monday, February 2, 2015


Do you have any thing(s) that you do that you've been doing all your life?
and so that thing you do...
you come to realize...
 is who you are?

I am a gardener
 for as long as I can remember
I have always loved digging in the dirt

there is nothing greater than forcing bulbs
I planted paper whites on Thanksgiving to put in this sunny window
after they are spent...I plant them outside in the frozen ground
they may or may not come up again
but no  matter 
I have already enjoyed their fragrance and beauty for months during the cold winter days

now it's time to move on
I gather my things

and for hours I am able to let my mind and soul
wander into the garden on my kitchen counter

you can buy all kinds of interesting jars and glass items at your local thrift store for next to nothing
also lovely but chipped plates and bowls are perfect to use

hyacinths are my favorite

oh no wait....I love kolaches

ok...yes, hyacinths are my fav

hmmmm....unless my fav could be muscari?

on occasion I will splurge on a really cool and different jar
like this one I found at Pete's Greenhouse

creating a mini rain forest that needs little care

Instead of looking out my window and seeing a blustery day
I see this

and I realize that just around the corner
this will go into the ground for next year

and this is sprout is a reminder of things up ahead
Henry August Pshigoda could be here any day now
and he and I will sit and watch the birds out the window
and the garden grow inside

I hope he likes to garden too


Karena Albert said...

Gina, your indoor garden is so cheering and fun. I love to grow bulbs because you can see the changes almost every day!!

The Arts by Karena

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

Such a treat to enjoy these inside - especially this time of year. I love growing my myrtle topiaries.
Happy February, Gina!

bj said...

ahhh, this is just wonderful...I love indoor gardening, too.
I must get some plants to add to others in my dining room.
O...and Lonesome Dove is our all time favorite made for tv mini series.

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Olá amiga, vim desejar-lhe um abençoado início de mês.
Amei todas as imagens...lindas plantas!!
Doce abraço Marie.

Amber ~ The French Pressed Home said...

I love your indoor garden. What a great way to get your hands dirty without freezing! :) I'm sure your little fellow will love being right by you, indoors and out. xo

Sarah said...

Gina, your indoor garden is great! Can you guess, hyacinths are my favorite too. The muscari too. Aren't they the mini hyacinths? I've planted both in a pot outside but nothing yet. Paper whites are still in bloom at the moment. I did the layering so different bulbs are supposed to bloom into spring. Will see if it works.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your indoor gardening is enchanting. Your little tools adorable, Gina your love of gardening shows. I force bulbs in Winter and delight in seeing the roots in water!

Heather - New House New Home said...

Even though I grew up in an apartment and my mother is definitely not a gardener, I've always been a gardener too. As far back as I remember, I have appreciated things growing. But I think you already knew that.

SuperLux said...

This just reminded me to buy the plants I've been meaning to put inside my apartment. Thanks, dear!

designchic said...

Your plants are beautiful and they make winter a little better - makes me excited for spring bulbs!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This really makes me want to get more into gardening :)

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

I'm thinking "wishing" I had a green thumb won't make it so unless I plant something. You make it seem do-able.

Leslie said...

Gina, Your indoor garden is just beautiful. I too enjoy forcing bulbs and I always enjoy my paper whites in the winter and hyacinths are also a favorite. I hope you are enjoying your week:) xxleslie

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Your indoor garden is absolutely wonderful.

chateau chic said...

There's something very therapeutic about gardening. Your indoor plants and flowers are beautiful!
Mary Alice

Minha vida de campo said...

lindo teu jardins. Amei. Eu também gosto de ser jardineiro. Aqui em nossa cidade está uma seca terrível, minhas plantas estão morrendo. Uma pena. Linda tuas plantas, vou me inspirar.
Bjos tenha um ótimo fim de semana.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Kolanchoe and Kolaches, I bet! Me, too! I love the orange kolanchoe. It's so cheery. YOur little winter garden is wonderful in every way- it makes me smile!