Tuesday, March 06, 2007
We are enduring a severe late winter here with record low temperatures overnight and more snow in the forecast. The spring sun is shining on the icy landscape making the day look deceptively warmer than it is. The north winds have control of this day.
At the hospital, the solarium provides a refuge of green and warmth on a day such as this. The window shelves are full of growing vines, ferns and cuttings. Penny is the sole recreational therapist and she brings patients down here to work on potting, planting and pruning. She is always on the lookout for raw materials. Potted plants given as gifts to the sick are not pitched on the trash when their blooms are done but are lovingly cared for in this area. A couple of times a year, staff and visitors have a chance to buy some healthy house plants.
In the past, (before children) I used to spend a lot of time caring for a large number of house plants. My pots now contain only the heartiest varieties which can withstand dry conditions and moderate neglect. Today I noticed blooms forming on my Christmas Cactus. It generally blooms for Easter in my home and looks as if it will not disappoint me this year.
The birds are eating from my feeders at a steady pace in order to keep warm, huddling on the deck out of the wind. The snow is sure to melt and my garden will once again come alive with growth and bloom. Today I can visit the sunny solarium and watch the plants indoors respond the the sun and lengthening days as they grow and bloom on the warm side of the window.