As if they knew, the entire crew of Erlicheer tazettas now installed in glass vases throughout my ground floor has indicated their willingness to bloom. Last year was characterized by a high percentage of bud blast, but then last year, we didn’t really have a winter. Welcome back! This is January as I remember it from a few years ago.
But I’m ready. I have 20-25 tazettas blooming now, 20 or so pots of hyacinths in the back room that will be up in a couple weeks, and a few big pots of tulips waiting in the root cellar. They are needed. I don’t ski, ice skate, or sled, and my lungs hate walking fast in cold weather (though I would like to try snowshoeing). These plants will keep me occupied, and the house fragrant through February at least and most likely partway into March. It’s not the same as a year-round garden—which I don’t even think I would want—but it provides a smattering of gardening activity through the frigid months. For me, it’s better than seed catalogs.
I’ve also bought another humidifier for the indoor plants. I prefer it to the trays of water, or trays of pebbles and water (messy, annoying). There is maintenance, to be sure, but I think it’s worth it. With this kind of weather, even the office philodendrons are looking pretty good!