Serendipity. One of my favorite words. A noun, it is defined as "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way,."
Fortunately, serendipity came my way last year and brightened the dreary, dark, isolated days of Covid 19. For the most part, I was able to maintain a positive outlook during the summer and fall, and my roses and garden have never looked better. But what to do during winter? Nashville has multiple days of grey and cloudy skies.
Serendipitously I had purchased flower bulbs for indoor forcing and believe it or not, nurturing these bulbs, watching them grow and stretch for the sun provided me with many hours of enjoyment and anticipation. Children were fascinated with the entire process.
It was easy to grow fragrant, beautiful flowers and I was able to share while so much sadness and loss was happening in the world. Gorgeous, fragrant blooms really do bring smiles. Particularly in January and February. I will never be without indoor, fragrant, blooming flowers again.
Amaryllis, Paperwhites and early Daffodils are followed by Muscari, Hyacinth, later blooming Daffodils and Tulips. I was awash in blooms from December to late May.
If you've got a sunny windowsill, you can do this. I will happily enable you if you need a little nudge.