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Readers Respond: Ways to Beat the Winter Blues?

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Beating the Winter Blues in Maine

Living in Maine, we just bought our first house last March. We have discovered projects to help: repainting rooms bright happy colors, going through stuff to initiate yard sale, planning veg & flower gardens, and warm weather projects (chicken/barn), learning foreign languages for upcoming trip, rearranging furniture, and "date nights" where we take turns for an evening of fun together.
—Guest Lisa

Amaryllis, All the Way!

Winter sneaks up on me while I prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but when I'm out buying gifts I'm always sure to pick up a variety of forcing bulbs--amaryllis making top of the list. The kits make easy gifts, and they're cheap enough I can buy a few for myself. I stagger the plantings to last me January through March, each bulb taking about 1 month to bloom. They take full sun so I leave my southern window unveiled at all times, letting in all that glorious light. I'm always surprised at how fast they grow, about a half inch per day ultimately reaching 2 feet tall! It also makes me feel good when gift receivers call to tell me how the heavenly scent of hyacinth or the dramatic amaryllis flower brightened their day, too. We just got clobbered by over a foot of snow here in Delaware, and the stunning red flowers of my first amaryllis are just starting to open. Take that, winter blues!
—Guest cgordy

Beating Winter Blues

I love winter because x-country skiing is my favorite thing to do! And at 82 taking violin lessons!!!
—Guest Geo. E,

Year-Round Color Beats Winter Blues

I have nandina, blueberry bushes, Sasanqua and Japanese Camellias, and helleborus. A quince bush is near my bird feeder and I have a screened porch with vinyl inset windows. I planted pink Debutante Japanese Camellias and enjoy seeing them bloom longer in the pots in the porch. I walk the yard to pick up sticks and notice daffodils and Star of Bethlehem popping through.
—Guest Sue

Dispelling the Winter Blues

Living in Alabama I will, each December, put out winter ryegrass. Knowing that in a few months when all the spring bulbs begin to erupt from the dormant ground there will be a green blanket to my colorful garden!
—bjhutter

Bring the Outdoors Inside

My yard always looks terrible this time of year, and I don't have the gumption to get out in the cold, wet weather to improve it. We have a lot of natural light in our home, so I force bulbs and add other indoor plants (that I will plant outside this spring) to give my home some greenery and help clean our indoor air.
—Guest tonya

Overcoming the Winter Blues

I am so glad to have planted my nandina firepowers (12 in all around a birdfeeder). They are such a beautiful color and so pretty in the snow. I love to read, play the piano and take brisk walks in the neighborhood. I've also started to become friends with a couple of squirrels by giving them peanuts..they like to come to my backdoor now and are my new pets. I brought a couple of impatiens inside this year and they are in my living room...not too many blooms, but still looking pretty good. Oh yes, I also paint inside...love working with color.
—Guest ginny

Dealing With the Winter Blues

Looking through the new seed catalogs and starting plants under the lights keeps me going in the winter.
—Guest Kathy Shuck

Coping With the Winter Blues

I go swimming and think about what my garden will look like in the summer.
—Guest don

Beating the Winter Blues

I find it very helpful to keep lights and music on. Even night lights in the darker rooms that you don't use regularly. Also keeping your lawn and flower beds neat and free from debris at this time of year when gardening is the last thing on your mind, helps to make the garden not seem so glum.
—Guest Miss Prim

Collards

They hold up to the mild cold here. Now if I could only figure out how to make them taste better. South Carolina.
—Guest Mike G

Sub Tropical Coast, South Africa

We're having a heat wave right now. I love gardening in the winter; no mosquitos and I keep warm doing the rough work before spring.
—hj.

Clothes Make the Winter

I get dressed for the weather and go outside! Sometimes to work in the evergreens and winter perennials. I walk a few blocks, I go and just look at pansies in other gardens just to "feel' some color on these grey days of winter. It's the NOT being with nature that my spirit really misses a lot!!!!!! Or, sometimes I just wear my blue wig in the house with red lipstick when I can't go outside!
—KimBradley

Enjoy Summer Harvest to Beat Winter Blue

In the dead of winter I go into the deep freezer and take out the various types of tomatoes and herbs that we harvested from our bounty to make sauces. Really gives me encouragement to start planning for the new season and reminds me of all the rewards of gardening.
—Guest Pee Dee

Winter Blues

Physically sit down and write your top 100 blessings. I can find many in my granddaughters alone. Their laughter and smiles always warm my heart.
—Guest plant gal

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