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Grand Rapids, MI
TaylorkoleDOTcom
Nov 5, 2017 8:34 AM CST
From Michigan, the winter means no outdoor gardening. My home is small with poor lighting. I tend to read. If you want to try a quick story, www.taylorkole.com. If you have any suggestions on activities (I read lots of gardening blogs during the winter), I'm up for suggestions.
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sallyg
Nov 5, 2017 8:55 AM CST
plantsarethestrangestpeople is a very funny, snarky and knolwedgeable site about indoor plants
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DaisyI
Nov 5, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Have you read "The $64 Tomato" by William Alexander?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost
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TsFlowers
Nov 5, 2017 10:03 AM CST
Welcome! to the forums and I hope this winter you will NOT be sad. Perhaps try to take some photos of icicles and post them here. They can be absolutely beautiful!
. . . it's always better to ask questions, than jump to conclusions.
AND . . . always hear both sides of the story before making a judgment.
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Ursula
Nov 5, 2017 10:13 AM CST
Take up knitting! Smiling
Name: greene
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greene
Nov 5, 2017 10:36 AM CST
Unless you are posting here on NGA to get more people to read your stories...

There is an active thread about 'what we are reading', lots of varied and interesting suggestions, over here: The thread "What are you reading? 2017" in Sandbox forum

It's always good to have an alternate activity in case of inclement weather. Sewing, carpentry, painting, reading, Sudoku puzzles, designing, writing, and of course, indoor gardening. And at my age... *Blush* ...there is the neverending task of converting all the old family photos to digital format. Thumbs down (A thankless task.) There is time during the offseason to sort and label seeds to share at future swaps/trades.

No need to be bored, ever! If you get tired of being in the house, get out and do volunteer work!

As for a poorly lighted house...there is no excuse for that. There are tons of lighting solutions and most are very low cost. Get some decent light in your house and it can change your entire outlook. Full spectrum bulbs can lift your mood and are good for the indoor plants as well.
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 5, 2017 11:42 AM CST
Agree with greene, get some plant lights and do some indoor gardening in the winter. The lights will be good for your "winter sadness" as well as the plants, and the plants will also enhance your air quality.

I'm sure you know that there is, indeed, a name for that "winter sadness". It is known by the psychologists as Seasonal Affective Disorder and is a precursor to a lot of depression problems. Keeping your mood lifted with plants and lights seems like a much more practical solution than letting yourself get sad and depressed in the winter. A lot cheaper than treating depression with expensive medications, too. A lot.

Living in Florida now, so I don't have it any more, but when we lived in the Pacific Northwest it was a big problem for me. Even the short daytime light is grey and rainy there most of the time in winter.
Elaine

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Grand Rapids, MI
TaylorkoleDOTcom
Nov 5, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Wow. This is a fun crowd! Thank you for the replies. I remember a metaphysical book on photos of icicles. Really neat. I'm 40 so maybe it's time for sewing. My last bromeliad is about dead. Are there winter, indoor plants?
Grand Rapids, MI
TaylorkoleDOTcom
Nov 5, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I manage cell phone stores.maybe an indoor light and a plant or two to cheer up the team!
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 5, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Bromeliads look like they're dying when they're making new pups. Don't throw it out before you check around under the leaves for new growths. They only bloom once from each rosette of leaves, but then that rosette becomes a mother.

You should have plenty of fluorescent lights in your cell phone stores. They're great for indoor plants.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." โ€“Winston Churchill
Grand Rapids, MI
TaylorkoleDOTcom
Nov 5, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Thanks for advice. It's a beautiful plant.
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purpleinopp
Nov 6, 2017 9:08 AM CST
HI & welcome!

A few yrs ago I read a book called Hothouse Flower & the 9 plants of Desire. It was quite entertaining.

If you do decide to look into augmenting your light situation, please know that there are some reliable winter-blooming plants that could be very enjoyable. Even in LA (lower AL,) near the FL border, there's a cooler period loosely referred to as winter, and part of me is dreading it too. But part of me is excited about the winter blooms.

People will be showing pics of what their plants are doing all winter in houseplant forum, and cactus/succulent forum here on this site. Not all of them will be a match for the conditions you have to offer, but many will. Although the plants outside in your area will all be napping for winter, there can be plant action inside!

...And then you get to chuckle smugly while folks in areas like mine don't really get a break from yard work just because there's a little frost some mornings. The shrubs still keep trying to eat mom's house, the grass keeps growing, weeds sprout every day of the year, there will be leaves to rake in December, limbs to chainsaw while it's cooler, and it's the only acceptable time of the year to try to dig up more grass to have more room for pretty plants...



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Name: Sandy
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Lakeside
Nov 6, 2017 12:11 PM CST
I recently discovered British gardening shows on YouTube. Great for a gardening fix any time of the year! Do a YouTube search for BBC Garden on YouTube and you'll find lots to look at.


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plantmanager
Nov 6, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Great idea, Sandy. I never think of youtube.
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Name: Laurie b
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lauriebasler
Nov 7, 2017 12:15 AM CST
I went thru a strange sad time many years ago, as the garden chores shut down. I was use to being outside, and found the energy I was able to come up with easily for gardening was not there for house hold chores.
I got pretty low. I started to walk every single morning, rain or shine, even snow. I saw the garden of the woods changing over the months, and it was a great substitute for watching my own garden grow. In fact I think it was even more fun. I would get up, around 5:30 so I could be alone, throw on clothes, pour my coffee in a travel mug and head for the woods. Before I knew it, my walks took 90 minutes and I was my old happy self again. Not sure what made me go thru this stage, but I do know my walking turned it around for me. Good luck. Don't stop trying anything and everything until you feel better. It's important.
Grand Rapids, MI
TaylorkoleDOTcom
Nov 7, 2017 4:50 AM CST
That sounds genius! Thanks
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Tisha
Nov 7, 2017 10:18 AM CST
@lauriebasler,
The BEST way!
I winter walked for years. It really works! I miss it terribly, older now, need a companion.
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lauriebasler
Nov 9, 2017 3:05 AM CST
I hope you give it a try. @Taylorkoledotcom. If you find you need some incentive I will gladly be a coach. I bought a pocket sized book on indigenous plants for my area, and gave myself a nice education along the way. There are so many things you can benefit from.
@Tisha, it's nice to learn someone else fell in love with this ritual. I had pepper spray, and was never afraid. And @Tisha. Thank you for the acorns. When you see me pay it forward on here, please feel free to know your actions had a ripple affect Thank you. Just so nice.
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tofitropic
Nov 9, 2017 3:28 AM CST
It,s winter there now..., but there are lots of reasons to be busy.When I was living abroad, as a student, on Sat-Monday and on free times, I got busy observing plants in winter, taking pictures if interest me, growing plants in door in container, making creatives container gradening, cooking, do rock painting and crafting, share things with friends, browsing pinterest for ideas to do. watching you tube...etc etc... that really help me a lot while staying totally alone in a foreign land on a long winter days.
Go take some pics o plants in winter and post them here on the NGA data base..
I will try looking for some pictures of crafts I did last winter, and show it here if that is OK, just to sparks things up

Now I went back to my country, we don't have winter here... some how I missed that sad days... Smiling
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 9, 2017 11:21 AM CST
TaylorkoleDOTcom said:From Michigan, the winter means no outdoor gardening. My home is small with poor lighting. I tend to read. If you want to try a quick story, www.taylorkole.com. If you have any suggestions on activities (I read lots of gardening blogs during the winter), I'm up for suggestions.

You can still get 200w standard socket incandescent light bulbs.
Let there be light.

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