Wintering over

One of the many good gifts God gives is wintering plants. This amaryllis was dug up in October, planted in January, and bloomed just in time for the ides of March:

They are one of my favorite gifts to give for Christmas. A piece of hope through the winter. 
One of my other tricks is to dig up a small tomato plant in September, then keep it for the smell all winter. On a drizzly grey day one sniff will transport me to August:
It has bloomed but with no breeze or bugs to pollinate, there aren’t any tomatoes. We’ll plant it outside when it’s time. The other plant I snuck into the sunroom last fall was a nasturtium:
First blossom. Worth the wait. It’s destined for a mesclun salad.
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