This blog began in 2010 as part of the publisher’s promotional materials for my travel book, The Single Girl’s Guide to Meeting European Men. The book rose to #1 on Amazon’s Best-Sellers List within two weeks of publication, and is still selling. The blog has been expanded to cover my other pursuits.

Winter Blooms

November, 19, 2014

Just because we’ve had a cold snap in many places doesn’t mean we have to say farewell to flowers outside until spring. I made a trip to my favorite nursery to pick out plants for my deck pots that will last all season. If you do up winter pots too, I suggest keeping some plant cloth on hand to protect them on especially frosty nights. This year, I bought some collapsible plant tents that are easy to store.


And I couldn’t resist slipping these cold-resistant mini roses into my cart. How many people can say they have roses that will be blooming in their garden when the snow falls? Well, now I can! If you get some, you should be able to keep those buds coming all winter by giving your plant rose food. The same remedy will work for many other winter-blooming plants.

Winter Blooms B

For me, picking out plants is an event. I love considering the options and admiring all the blooms.


I grew up coming to this nursery.

Winter Blooms D

When the owner saw me, he said, “You won’t be leaving anytime soon. Have some popcorn and hot chocolate.” He knows me well:)

Winter Blooms E

And from the level of popcorn in this cart, it seems I wasn’t the only one going for a plant-picking break.


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