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One of the disadvantages of gardening in a cold climate is that we have no flowers in our gardens at this time of the year.

daffodil flowers in vase

Photo: mbgrigby

Of course there are always flowers growing somewhere all year round, so we can always buy them even when we can't grow them.

One of the disadvantages of gardening in a cold climate is that we have no flowers in our gardens at this time of the year.

Of course there are always flowers growing somewhere all year round, so we can always buy them even when we can’t grow them. But while our own piece of earth lies fallow, we have to find distractions.

Some of us may feel it is good to have this seasonal break which provides time to contemplate and plan for next year.  Others look for flower-related distractions.

We may sort through the photographs we have of our flowers, read or listen to music about flowers.  I have been amusing myself by reading some playful poetry such as these lines by Reginald Arkell:

A garden is a lonesome thing -

When it starts blooming in the spring,

The daffodil, the snowdrop white, the dainty winter aconite…

And just as it is going strong, the woolly aphids come along.

Wire worms and Weevils think it fun, to eat your annuals one by one.

Until the caterpillars start to break your horticultural heart.

Go take a flat or buy a yacht, A garden is a lovesome thing- God wot!

This was published in My Garden: An Intimate Magazine for Garden Lovers in 1934 but still resonates today.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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