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Forcing Spring In To Drive Winter Out



I have a habit of ignoring January. I force my way through it – turning a blind eye to the cold reality outside and creating my own little haven of greenery indoors. It is my winter survival reflex and I believe it works. Surrounding myself with flowering bulbs and fresh green foliage lifts my mood an helps me to keep my eye on the prize – spring!

A mixture of Hyacinths and succulents, individually potted and nested inside of an urn.

A mixture of hyacinths and succulents, individually potted and nested inside of an urn, greet visitors at the front door.

My mantel - several green apples spill out around two urns filled with ivy.

My mantel – several green apples spill out around two urns filled with ivy.

To me nothing triggers memories of Springtime more than bright green grass. My coffee table holds a small box of fresh wheatgrass and lifts my spirits every time I see it.

To me nothing triggers memories of springtime more than bright green grass. My coffee table holds a small box of fresh wheat grass and lifts my spirits every time I see it.

Wheat grass is available in the produce section of my supermarket (Jewel).

Wheat grass is available in the produce section of my supermarket (Jewel).

I have always loved the look of mirrors paired with plants - placing a reflective surface behind a grouping of plants reflects light and more greenery.

I have always loved the look of mirrors paired with plants – placing a reflective surface behind a grouping of greenery creates twice the beauty.

Mix into your plant groupings items that add interest and personality.

Mix into your plant groupings items that add interest and personality.

Trays of lemons, clementines or apples can also add a fresh feeling to a room.

Trays of lemons, clementines or apples can also add a fresh feeling to a room.

Lemon yellow - definitely a mood lifter.

A burst of lemon yellow – definitely a mood lifter.

Boston Ferns are available in supermarkets and home improvement stores and for under $10.00 each.

Boston ferns are available in supermarkets and home improvement stores and many times I find them for under $10.00 each — an inexpensive way to transform a room in an instant.

Put a plant in every room. Our money tree, which my girls have given the name -Sally, has been in our dining room for about 3 years now. Sally adds a dramatic feel to the space and also feeds my fantasy of someday having my own greenhouse.

Put a plant in every room. Our money tree plant, which my girls have given the name -Sally, has been in our dining room for about 3 years now. Sally adds a dramatic feel to the space and also feeds my fantasy of someday having my own greenhouse.

Keep a bit of natural beauty by your bedside - you will notice a difference in your mood. I picked up these lavender hyacinths at my supermarket for about $5.00 and placed them inside of one of my favorite pots - a pleasant reminder that Winter will be over soon!

Keep a bit of natural beauty by your bedside – you will notice a difference in your mood. I picked up these lavender hyacinths at my supermarket for about $5.00 and placed them inside of one of my favorite pots – a pleasant reminder that winter will be over soon!


Discussion

  1. whitney  January 16, 2010

    oo, i just love your blog. i’ve gone through looking at many of your posts – you have yourself a new follower. 🙂

    • camilla  January 17, 2010

      Thanks!!! So glad you like it!

  2. Stephanie from Wales  January 21, 2010

    Hi I loved everything on this website, particularly the grass in a pot and the valentine decorations. The kids are adorable, they must be professional models! and where did you get the UK flag in the mirror?
    I will pass this web address on to all my freinds
    Good work!