Looks like there is a warm-up in store for those of you who
aren’t used to and weren’t expecting the snow/cold weather you’ve been having.
Good. But I don’t like being emotionally tied to the weather; I avoid it as
much as I can, as strange as that sounds for a gardener. Weather just is.
And there are all kinds of ways to ignore it, when you don’t
need it. We’ve talked about indoor gardening, toddies, and winter sports. One
of my favorite ways—that wasn’t as much discussed—has long been visiting the local
conservatory. Now, this can be boring, it’s true. Greenhouse-based gardens don’t change that much over the
years; you will always see many of the same plants.
But the plants do change sometimes, and, more important, you
notice interesting things on repeated visits. I never realized that
strobilanthes had a flower (above), for example. And though I never liked
bonsai much, their new display (also shown) makes me give them a second thought.
Repeated visits to the same garden, just like repeated
viewings of the same film, or re-reading a book, can be surprisingly