Outdoors to Indoors

I’ve always said I’d build a little hothouse addition on my home so I could have flowers all year round. After all the effort spent tending gardens, pruning and putting in new bulbs before winter, I’m not so sure. It’s good to have indoor time be about other things.

I’m crazy about morning glories. They’re drop dead beautiful but no question about it; they’re wild and willful in the garden with a propensity for creating a jungle effect attaching willy-nilly to neighbors with their strong red vines. They’re said to bring peace and happiness- putting seeds under your pillow to encourage a restful sleep free of nightmares. This theory could stem from the fact they contain Lysergic Acid- or natural LSD.

In November, thoughts turn again indoors. Household plants, in addition to being easy on the eye, are good for you too- they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, eliminating toxic agents like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. It’s recommended to have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space for efficient air cleaning. (I think I’ll have five.)

An interesting list of some indoor plants to think about: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/photos/15-houseplants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality/a-breath-of-fresh-air

Rainbow

Paola Pillows

Here’s my prescription for the loss of visual outdoor delight: Paola pillows in every room! Bright, soft, washable flowers to brighten your winter home. Without watering or weeding. You can subscribe here to find out when and where you can buy: http://paolaprints.com/subscribe/

If you’re still craving that summertime association, may I suggest: La Mer (The Sea) – written by Louis Charles Auguste Claude Trenet, a French singer/ songwriter. He first recorded the song in 1946. It became a huge hit and has made its way into many films. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGbwe0qcW5g&feature=youtu.be

 

A translation:

The sea,
We see dancing along the shores of clear bays,
Shimmers with silver
The sea
Changing shimmers
Under the rain

The sea
With the summer sky
Mix up her white horses
With the angels so pure
The infinite azure shepherdess
Sea

Sea
By the ponds
Those big wet reeds
See
Those white birds
And those rusty houses

The sea
Has cradled them
Along the shores of clear bays
And with a love song
The sea
Has rocked my heart for life

 

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