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enjoy your garden indoors, too

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I’m a huge proponent of expanding and enjoying your garden, no matter where you are. In the fall, just before the first freeze, I clip Impatiens to bring in and put in water, in clear glass vases. In a sunny window, they will take root and grow all winter. And in the spring, I love to fill our house with fresh flower and greenery clippings. It certainly cuts down on extra costs, and gives us the opportunity to showcase a little Mother Nature.

On my dining room table right now, we’ve got a dozen roses, a small planter of bamboo, a camelia from my front garden, and some shamrocks. The roses, which in general aren’t really my first choice, were to celebrate my son’s birthday (though I’m a sucker for the pale pink variety). The bamboo’s there because my son loves its possibility of bringing luck, the camelia variety is my favorite in the garden, and the shamrocks don’t like the cold weather.

Q: Where do you keep fresh flowers and house plants?

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Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

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