Let There Be Light

My usual cure for my impatience with early spring – waiting to plant seeds, waiting for seeds to grow – is to buy myself a new houseplant.


Nothing fancy, just a little something  to bring life and color and give me a bit of dirt under my fingernails. Cheap therapy. This year I went with a $4 Pothos. Not my favorite plant in general, but I was drawn to these leaves, which have golden spots that give the impression of being filled with light. Just what I need to get me through mud season.

Air Freshener

If at all possible, I recommend planting something that smells sweet outside your window.


These days the scent of our tall phlox is drifting in through the kitchen and dining room windows, freshening things up after a stretch of hot and humid weather.