Emotionally surviving and thriving this last winter was more difficult, in some ways, and easier in others. I typically fight off depression during the winter months when I am unable to get enough sunshine to prevent my mood and outlook from spiraling into darkness.
The Lizard landed a new job last autumn, and he works almost every weekend now. Which means I was on my own during the weekends. I did a lot of quilting, and that helped. I tried to get outside as much as I could both at work and on weekends. And as always, I tried to enjoy what time I did have with my beloved husband.
One of the tools I used this time around came in the form of a bag of hyacinth bulbs.
These blue babies helped me beat the winter blues by painting my inside world the most beautiful hues during the darkest times of the year. I "planted" at least three each month in water vases I saved from past birthdays when my sweetheart gave me flowering bulbs as gifts. We keep blankets over the heat-leaking windows during the coldest weeks, so we use two daylight lamps to provide "sunshine" for my indoor garden.
All winter long, I had at least three flowers blooming!
I tried the bulbs-in-water experiment with grape hyacinths and daffodils, too. The grape hyacinth in soil mostly are showing greenery; the one I tried in the water vase disintegrated, I suppose feeding the hyacinth and daffodil along side it. The daffodils haven't bloomed yet, but they haven't died, either.
In addition, I had four patio pots still blooming when the first freeze hit. I brought them inside, not knowing if they would keep going or even survive.
I was delightedly surprised to experience yet another winter of larkspur, cosmos, grape hyacinth, amaryllis, Christmas cacti and, for the first time, love in a mist and campanula! Yes, after a few weeks of dormancy, the love in a mist and bellflowers began blooming again! The daffodils have been stubborn, but they are finally coming along.
I'll be dreaming of another Blue Winter come September!