Connect with Nature (and Escape Winter) Through Books

This morning the view out my window is very wintry. Changeable grey skies. Dirty snow and ice. We've had a couple tastes of spring this month. The temperature rising, the snow melting, that damp feeling of promise, a tease of what's to come. But spring is still a long ways off. I'm all for the Danish concept of hygge and the Norwegian koselig, but when you're dreaming of flowers and warm earth, candles and blankets and hot tea aren't quite what you need.

orchids, flowers, plants, houseplants, phalaenopsis, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

My house is filled with plants and they help with the winter blues, especially now that the orchids are starting to bloom.

It's easy to guess what I'll be painting next.

watercolor, watercolor paintings, botanical watercolor, houseplant portrait, watercolor orchid, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

I've started some sprouts in a jar on the kitchen counter and I'm dreaming of what to plant for this year's outdoor garden. All of that helps.

Another way I like to escape winter is through books.

books, gardening, flowers, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Here are some I've recently enjoyed that you might, too.

Botanica, UPPERCASE Publishing, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

What's been helping you make it through these winter days?


  1. Oh I know how you feel and I'm feeling it, too. Spring can't get here soon enough. Bad thing is, we really are only a third into winter. Ground Hog's day is a week from today, but I don't put any faith into him, he's wrong more than right! We don't have any snow right now and today was in the 50's and very windy... March-like. I have a feeling Old Man Winter isn't done with us and talk of our next winter weather maker as in snow.

    All of those books sound great to me. I'll going to check out the sites at least. Today I bought a subscription to Country Gardens! I haven't bought a paper magazine in forever, but I'm looking forward to reading it while sitting in my swing and admiring my own country garden.

    Take care and try to keep those winter blues away.

    1. Hi, Jaime! Thanks for stopping by. I knew you would know just how I feel! (And I have to admit to some envy of your greenhouse at times like this!). Winter is far from over. We had a warm-up on Saturday followed by snow Sunday morning almost as if it were a reminder of that!

      Country Gardens is a lovely magazine. We get it at my library and it's one I like to check out. Especially nice at this time of year!

      I can imagine you're well into your garden planning for this year's garden. Have fun with that and happy painting!


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