Yesterday's balmy temperatures and rain moved through and left behind what I can only describe as pure dreck. You might convince us that the sun never even rose, for a feeling of late dusk prevailed the entire day. A steady breeze blew damp air. The ground squished softly underfoot. I ventured out into the garden to do some final autumn cleanup, but didn't even last an hour before it began to feel like an oppressive chore. I can't remember a day when working in my garden has had such a depressing effect on my mood.
After a short nap didn't cure these late November blahs, I decided to go commune with the plants I'm overwintering in our guess bedroom/winter greenhouse. Earlier this fall, I installed track shelving along one wall of our guest room so that I'd have plenty of room to grow my coleus cuttings and overwinter some of the tender tropical plants from the summer garden. With the addition of shop lights, full-spectrum bulbs and a timer, my "greenhouse" was installed in about two hours for about $200 in materials.
Simply spending a few minutes upstairs, seeing the vibrant colors of the plants and brightness of the plant lights, made a huge difference in my outlook. We hope someday to build a conservatory on the back of our house. Until the day when we have such a luxury, I'll count my blessings that we have the room and resources to have a little slice of summer in this small corner of our home.