While many of our garden herbs overwinter successfully, others are quite tender. One herb worth bringing in over the winter is lemon grass, because it can be hard to locate in grocery stores. The tasty shoots add a hint of summer to many dishes and tolerate the warm indoor temperatures quite well. Simply dig up several stalks and transfer them to a large, heavy container. The grassy leaves can be trimmed back to make the plant tidier indoors. Transplant enough stalks to
I love adding color to the house in winter by forcing woody ornamentals plants to bloom indoors. Forcing is a term used to describe the process of encouraging a plant to bloom out of season. Spring-flowering trees and shrubs work wonderfully for winter forcing, as these plants develop their flower buds during the fall of the previous year. To force flowers, simply cut branches of flowering plants and place the cut stems in water in a warm environment. Water flow into the
Snow in Oklahoma is a rare event, so I make the most of the opportunity. I love seeing the landscape transform beneath a soft blanket of snow. Holly berries are never so bright as when set against a dusting of snow. Energetic lines of yucca contrast with the soft surroundings and shadows play across the ground. The rocky creek bed looks as soft as cotton. #garden #gardening #winter #snow
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Chinese Garden, Huntington Library and Gardens, CA