Southern winters harbor a secret. Every once and a while, the long periods of gray skies, strong wind, and rain of a typical winter are punctuated by 24 hours of sinfully warm temperatures and sunny skies.
My green fingers itch on warm winter days like this. They want to turn the soil and plant seeds. But like our winters, southern springs are fickle. Spring-like weather may taunt us with a few days of warm temperatures for weeks before finally arriving to stay.
Any gardener who plants too early knows the heartbreak of losing their precious seedlings. I have tried to rush planting season by putting out tomatoes early and protecting them with tomato teepees on cold nights, but it rarely works well.
To stave off the urge to plant in mid-winter, I will go shopping for a houseplant and a unique pot that will make me smile and add some new green to my home.
Tips for Selecting Houseplants
- Find fun pots in which to put your indoor plants (like the owl planter above!)
- Pick plants that are easy to care for
- Make sure you select houseplants that fit your light conditions: here are 5 low-light houseplants
- Pick plants with flowers or colorful leaves: here are 5 of my flowering favorite indoor plants
So, when the winter blues start to get you down and you need a little green in your life, go out and find a new indoor plant and a pot that will make you smile and remind you that spring is on its way.