With a goal of brightening those days for myself, and for some of my friends, I selected lots of pretty tulip and hyacinth bulbs to force into winter blooms. Back in my garden, I filled pots full of bulbs promising fringed red and white tulip blossoms.
More pics of forcing bulbs and today's garden.
Iowa State University published a wonderful horticulture guide on forcing bulbs - Publication-Forcing Bulbs-PM1319.pdf. Their guide provides easy how-to instruction on forcing several different varieties of bulbs, and includes a list of bulbs recommended for forcing.
Suddenly, winter doesn't sound so bad.