John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
When we enter shopping malls or indoor office buildings with bright skylights and windows, we oftentimes encounter indoor plants of various sizes. To give height to some of the spaces, we often see a variety of fig trees ranging from 6 to 20 feet tall.
It always amazes me how much of the things around us we tend to take for granted. There are so many products around us that originated in nature if not in the garden. One of the largest products used in our home is a variety of hardwoods used for flooring and cabinetry. Many of the woods that we use in our homes can be grown in our region, which makes them even more appealing. Often we don’t link the connection of beautiful hardwoods and trees themselves.
This is the time of the year to start thinking about what plants you want to grow in the garden and which ones need to be started early inside to be placed outside in May. Peppers take a while to get established. Many hot peppers need a long season to bear ripe produce.
Winter is a good time of year to pay attention to sounds outdoors, as the air is so crisp and clear that some of the slightest noises can be heard. Some nights traffic seems to be on your doorsteps or the sounds of an airplane 35,000 feet above seems so much closer or even the wisping sounds of the ornamental grasses dancing in the breeze. One of the sounds we don’t hear as much of during winter is the sound of the singing birds. Not that they have a lot to sing about being outdoors in the negative temperatures and wind, but they are not quite as verbal.
During the winter months, especially during January and February, I long for the days with sunshine and blue skies. Something about a bright blue sky in winter seems to stand out with more vibrancy than during any other time of year. It gets me to start thinking what kinds of flowers have that true blue coloring that we can add to the garden. Many catalogs will sell blue flowering plants to people only to find out once they bloom that they are merely purple or lavender.
During the holiday season we find ourselves surrounded by numerous types of evergreens. We see them in either tree form or in branches, wreaths, garlands and display arrangements. As we all know, evergreen stems have a great scent regardless of type. Of course, some types are a little more fragrant than others such as the balsam and fraser fir or that of the red cedar. They all bring back memories from Christmases gone by and for the entire winter season.
Usually during the winter season we are always looking for sign
The Christmas season is filled with all sorts of music.
So often I hear similar questions during various times of the year. During the fall it is often, “How much do you leave in the garden?”, “What should I cut back?”, “Should I remove everything or let it be?” These are very valid questions for many people, but the reality of it is a personal choice and nothing more. I personally love to leave everything through the winter so I have something to do outside in the month of April when I am antsy and need to be doing something once the temperatures warm up.