Maybe you’ve never really thought of it in this way but I believe that all gardeners, at the end of their growing season, go through a time when they really miss the feel, the smells and the colors of their gardens.
In the spring and summer when I’m surrounded by beautiful plants and the lush colors of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers and pumpkins I’m probably experiencing a kind of sensory overload. In turn when all of this activity turns into snow plowing I really miss it.
My family teases me about this time of year, because I go to the local florist and get all kinds of kalanchoes, hibiscus and cyclamen to put in the kitchen and dining room so that I have at least a LITTLE color in the house. Actually, you can get some pretty good deals on these plants since many florists are reducing their prices to make room for pointsettias, Christmas cactus and other holiday plants.
About 6 weeks before Christmas I always plant a couple of amaryllis bulbs and force some paper white narcissus to have in bloom between Christmas and New Years.
If you suffer from “garden withdrawal” as I do, hopefully I’ve given you some suggestions to get relief from this condition. If space is in short supply, maybe the next best thing is to take last year’s seed catalogs, cut out pictures of your favorite plants and make yourself a collage! Just a suggestion . . .