In the deep winter, I tend to retreat indoors for my gardening fix. I buy cut flowers or a new houseplant. I drink tea.
Here at work, I take a stroll to the greenhouse, where exotic orchids bloom all winter. One of my favorite quick fixes: I walk down to the research lab, where there are tomato seedlings to brush against. The distinctive tomato fragrance takes me right back to July.
Last weekend, I was lamenting the lack of snow here in the Champlain Valley. After last year’s abundance, this year is a bust. But on my way to the composter, I was struck by what I found in the garden: a quiet beauty.
It reminds me that gardens are beautiful in all seasons.
I gotta get out more.