What To Do On a Snowy Day

by | Nov 13, 2019 | 4 comments

Yesterday we had record-breaking snowfall in SE Michigan. Here in my town, we received almost 10″ of snow.


I like the snow. It covers the brown, ugly, landscape and best of all, it makes it brighter in our homes-better for houseplants! They love the extra light that bounces into the windows. This snowfall came very early in Michigan this year. We still have trees covered with leaves that will now fall in the snow and raking will be out of the question. So what do we do on a snowy day? We head for our nearest botanical garden to soak up some warmth, humidity, and beautiful plants. I was at Matthaei Botanical Gardens the day before the record snowfall and it was gorgeous. The pictures make me happy on this frigid day.

Stapelia flower

Stapelia flower blooming

The plants blooming, the smell of soil and the warmth made it perfect.

Gongora orchid

Gongora species orchid

Combretum indicum

Quisqualis or Combretum indicum

Metallic palm

Chamaedorea metallica or metallic palm

Plant kaleidoscope

Love the giant kaleidoscope filled with plants

So if you are feeling down on a cold, snowy day, find a botanical garden or even a garden center near you. Surrounding yourself with green plants and the smell of earth is bound to make your day better. It always works for me. Do you have a botanical garden near you?

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  1. Cathy Streett

    I felt bad that we had 3″in suburban Chicago – 10″ is a bit much for mid Nov!!

    Love the photos and the inspiration to find a place inside to enjoy. I have hibiscus blooming at home now and two crinum lily buds coming up so soon I’ll have those to enjoy at home too!

    • Lisa Steinkopf

      Thanks Cathy for your comments. 10″ was a bit too much, thank you! I always see those crinum bulbs at the Chicago Flower Show, but have never bought one.

  2. Heather

    We had just a dusting of snow in the southeast suburbs of Chicago. The houseplants are loving the bright light in my south-facing windows.

    My biggest issue right now is getting the last of my summer snowflake bulbs tucked in before the ground is unforgiving.

    Have you ever visited the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago? One of my go-tos on snow days and I highly recommend it!

    • Lisa Steinkopf

      Hi Heather, I have so much still to do outside, too. I LOVE the Garfield Conservatory! I have been there many times and every time it is better. Thanks for your comments!


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