Even though it is wintertime, there are things you can do to satiate your gardening bug while waiting for spring. In Southern California we have beautiful vibrant wintertime blooms in the garden such as ‘Iceberg’ roses, daffodils, rosemary and California lilac (Ceanothus). Make yourself a fragrant bouquet and bring it inside where you can enjoy it.
If you do not have a plant blooming in your garden, pick up a scented candle and let it transport you into spring. For fun try a flower scent that’s out of your growing zone. I can get lost for an afternoon with my favorite gardening magazines, and the candle adds to the effect.
Cool winter nights might mean a glowing fire, and a chance to read or browse through your favorite garden magazines. Relax and plan your upcoming spring and summer vegetable garden.
Speaking of the vegetable garden, this is the perfect time to start your tomato seedlings indoors. Select your favorite tomato seeds. Place one or two in each cell. Cover the seed with soilless potting mix. Label your tomato seeds with the variety name and date you started them. Keep your seeds moist, warm, and in a sunny spot for germinating. Try several different tomato varieties to see which ones grow best in your garden.
Relax by the glow and warmth of the fire. Plan any new projects you want to tackle in your garden this year. Do you want to redo a flowerbed or add a new entertaining area? Do you need more privacy and screening landscape?
This is the time when your garden is in a “bare bones” state and garden structure is easier to see. Garden structure has its own ethereal beauty. Embrace this season too. In the meantime remember that spring is just around the corner.