Charles Walton IV
Sometimes the gray skies of winter seem to linger forever. If you're longing for spring, enjoy a few of your favorite blossoms indoors. This time of year, it's easy to buy bulbs in pots ready to bloom, so make the jump now to a new season.
Your motto this month should be "keep it simple." Hyacinths, crocus, tulips, and snowflakes are inexpensive and easy to find at grocery stores, florists, nurseries, and garden centers. Purchase plants that are tightly budded or about to bloom.
You can leave the bulbs in their plastic pots or transfer them into decorative ones. When moving them, trim excess roots with scissors, if needed, to fit them into new containers. Add potting soil, and cover with sheet moss.
Create a display of flowers using a small collection of containers. For fun, mix-and-match vintage and new pots, or try glazed ones with colors that echo the shades of the blossoms. Clay pots will complement all bloom colors and can be painted any shade for a special touch.
A little bit of greenery will provide a nice backdrop for your flowers. Wheatgrass, maidenhair fern, and ivy all work well. Try the showy leaves of rex begonias for a splash of color. Place a birdhouse or a watering can nearby for an extra hint of spring. Display your blooms on a windowsill, a small rustic side table, or a kitchen stepladder for a vertical accent.