Like much of the northern part of the continent, here in the Twin Cities we got slammed with snow in the month of February. In fact, we got a record breaking 39” of snow during the month. It was the snowiest February on record, and the 4th snowiest month EVER (well, since they’ve been keeping track anyway).
The record for the snowiest month ever is still held by November 1991, the year of the Great Halloween blizzard. We got 46.9” that month. I clearly remember that blizzard (how about the rest of you locals?). The snow started falling on October 31 and didn’t stop until November 3. Nothing like having your carved pumpkins buried under more than 2’ of snow.
The snow didn’t end in February this year, we’ve now gotten another 10+” of snow so far in March including 6″ last weekend. Spring just might be in sight though, we’ve had temps in the 40’s and lots of melting this week.
Most people I know like to take a tropical vacation to escape the winter weather if they can swing it. But Mr. Q and I took our Adriatic cruise in November, which now feels like a very long time ago. So I decided to treat myself to an indoor winter garden. It helped that my local plant nursery, Gerten’s, had a house plant sale. Buy one, get one half off. It seemed like it was meant to be.
So the other day my sister, niece and I popped in to see what they had.
I was surprised to find that they had a whole bunch of blooming potted plants available. I wasn’t expecting that. I guess I never would have thought of a begonia as a ‘house plant’. Technically speaking though, I guess pretty much anything that is alive and growing has to be a house plant this time of year.
They also had a huge selection of gorgeous cyclamens.
So I had to get two of them. This smaller size was only $5.99.
Some of the plants will head to my office at the day job, but others will stay at the house.
I can brighten up both places!
Having all of these flowers made for a great opportunity to share the 3rd project I did using the Iron Orchid Designs Le Petite Rosier transfer. I purchased two of the smaller sized versions of the transfer. I used one on the tiny cupboard and then used the bottom section of that and of the 2nd one on my ceiling fan.
And now I’ve added the top portion of the 2nd one to an old watering can.
I gotta say, I pretty much love it. I didn’t seal it with anything, so it wouldn’t hold up to outdoor display. But that’s OK, I’ll keep it inside in my ‘winter garden’ for now. If I decide to put it outside in the summer I’ll add a couple of coats sealer.
How about you? Are you coping with a winter that seems to be dragging on and on? Didn’t get the chance for a winter getaway? Maybe you should consider a winter garden to tide you over until spring actually gets here.
P.S. Remember my experiment with the lavender from last fall?
Well, in case you are wondering, no, those plants did not survive the entire winter. I finally tossed them a couple of weeks ago. I suspect that my window ledge was just too cold for them. But they were pretty while they lasted, which was a lot longer than cut flowers.