I suspect that some gardeners in temperate climates are grateful for a “winter break.” I know that others spend winter poring over seed and plant catalogs, dreaming about next year’s garden. Before they know it, seed starting time is here and gardening season has begun.
For me, gardening never ends. I just transition it indoors. And with a couple of hundred house plants, it really can feel like gardening year round–sometimes distressingly so if those plants have a plague of something.
But for the most part, careful watching helps avoid that–and the plants are a joy, not a problem.
This year (for a change) I added to my “Christmas cactus” collection. They now overflow two bay windows! Next year I will likely have plants in bloom from October through February. Now those are wonderful winter plants!
I will talk more about what to do–and how to keep your house plant collection interesting–over the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy some of my zygocacti photos.