Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Gardening Lull That is January

by Lilly Jayne, of the Garden Squad series by Julia Henry

January is a difficult month for gardeners, especially if you live in the northern states, like Massachusetts. The glow of the holidays are past, and the long winter lays ahead. Now, I'm fortunate enough to have a greenhouse, so I do more than stare out the window at my frozen gardens. But it's not the same.

I'm a tactile gardener. I like to dig in the dirt. I like to prune my bushes. I like to spread my compost. I like to weed. Well, that last one's a lie. I don't like to weed. But I like having weeded.

January S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-S on and on. I've been known to force bulbs to see flowers. I work on succulent gardens, but my heart just isn't in it.

Over the past couple of years, I have done a few things that help a bit.

First of all, my friend Delia invested in a few of those bright light therapy screens, and makes sure I sit in front of them for a bit every day. I'm not sure if they help or not, but they seem to.

Secondly, I bring in some of my outdoor plants during the winter. It gets crowded in the library and in the greenhouse, but getting crowded by green is a joy.

Third, this year I decided to decorate the plants with holiday lights. My friend Ernie brought me over a couple of strands of LED lights, and the pop of color made me so happy. No one can see into the back of the house, and only my closest friends come into the library so I'm going to keep them on through the winter--until the days get longer, and I can start making plans to get outside.

I know I'll get back into my garden soon.

Just not soon enough.
I'm SO EXCITED that you'll get to meet Lilly Jayne and the rest of the Garden Squad on January 29 when Pruning the Dead is released! Join me on my Facebook page on January 29 for a virtual launch party with Sherry Harris and Liz Mugavero.


  1. A garden and Spring sounds so nice! It is -20 where I live right now! I am looking forward to the new book!

  2. I so understand how you feel as I share those same laments. Having green indoors helps, but it's not the same as looking at my yard and seeing its beauty.

  3. Looking ahead to Spring is fun, January is over in ten days and February is short month. March is fickle but we're getting close to Spring!

  4. Renee Collins (google account)January 21, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    So excited about this giveaway! I love these books.. .. I mostly like to read mystery. I read cozies, then crime (like Patterson, Reichs, Scottoline, Cornwell, Slaughter, And others)...then back to cozies. I occasionally through in a romantic suspense, or romance...