Now that the winter is back – and we are expecting about five months of it – I am going through flower withdrawal. But there is a solution. I can’t build a greenhouse this year, maybe never, but I can grow more flowers indoors. One of my great discoveries has been the humble African violet. We now have about six of them in various colours around the house and at least one of them is blooming at any one time. It’s better than drinking a glass of wine on a cold winter night!

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