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Indoor potted plants to keep your home vibrant

The end of summer does not come as welcome news to gardening enthusiasts. As the weather grows colder, the prospect of not having any plants to tend to becomes all too apparent. However, for many people, keeping plants is an integral part of their routine and giving it up for half of the year is always difficult to do. Not to worry! There are plenty of potted plants out there just begging to be taken care of, and though it’s not quite the same as working away the warm hours under the sun, it should help you scratch that itch until the ground starts to thaw again.

A succulent garden is a great way to keep your green thumb busy during the winter. It’s relatively low-maintenance, but still provides a lovely oasis wherever you place it in your home. Succulents look great throughout the year, so this may be a suitable option if you’re looking to keep yourself busy.

For something a bit more involved, you may want to consider keeping an indoor herb garden. There are few things more rewarding than sprucing up a pizza with home-grown basil or making your own tea from fresh mint leaves. If this sounds good to you, setting up an herb garden is quite easy. Simply designate a small area of your home for them – preferably high above ground level if you have curious dogs or cats – and provide each of them sufficient space to grow and expand.

You may be looking for a drastic change of pace this season, though. In this case, why not think about starting work on a bonsai tree? It takes a lot of practice and dedication to ensure that yours will stay alive and grow to its full potential. Despite this, you’ll soon find yourself falling into an almost meditative state as you groom your plant with those tiny clippers. Of course, your bonsai tree will last you well beyond the cold winter seasons, and you may soon find yourself with a brand new hobby.

It can be difficult to keep your gardening urges satisfied during the winter, but there are plenty of plants that thrive indoors. As long as you take advantage of them, you’ll find the cold months going by a lot quicker. Before you know it, you’ll be out in that floppy hat again!

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How to Get Rid of the Winter Blues with Flowers

Let’s face it, winter is a gloomy, and bitter cold time of year. The grass has now turned into white snow, our beautiful landscaping job from last summer will have to wait another year to be seen, and the color green is very minimal.

Although winter can be a depressing time of year, surrounding yourself with positive things is a great way to void the depression. Just remember that spring is right around the corner, and that flowers will shortly be in bloom. Here are some ways a simple bouquet of flowers can brighten your day, or someone else’s.

Reminder of spring: Winter can seem like it’s never going to end, but it’s important to remind yourself that spring is always just a few months away. Once the birds are chirping, flowers tend to pop up right behind them. In the meantime, it will get you motivated to work on your garden all spring and summer long.

Touch of color: Since winter time is always so grey and white, flowers can really turn your mood around. Scientific studies have shown that having a living plant or vase of flowers can really enhance your mood almost instantly, while connecting you with the outdoors.

Smell: There is something about the smell of flowers that just makes you feel good. Walking into your home after a long day of work to a beautiful bouquet can make for a great air freshener, and a great mood booster.

Therapeutic: There is something therapeutic about a nice vase of flowers. Once again, scientific studies have proven the many benefits of having flowers in your home or in your yard. When someone gives you an arrangement of flowers, it makes you involuntarily smile no matter what. Maybe this is why we always give them as presents and see them in hospitals.

Be creative: No matter what flower it is, every flower is gorgeous and unique. Take time to be creative with them. Create a beautiful arrangement, make your own potpourri, or even use dried up flowers as a nice touch for scrapbooking. Whether the flowers are fresh or dried up, you can always find a nice purpose for them!

When the winter blues get to you, keep a positive attitude and surround yourself with flowers! Between the fresh smell, beautiful colors, and the liveliness of them, you’re guaranteed to brighten your day. Give flowers to brighten someone’s day or even buy some for yourself!

– This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs, MyGetRidOfGuide.com, a website that offers several ways to get rid of anything from abdominal fat to a bad sunburn.