Livening up Winter

February 5, 2018



Brrr!!  That’s the word of the day as of mid-January in Lyme NY.  Let’s wish that by the time this newsletter is circulated, a mid-winter thaw may have occurred.


But do not be discouraged.  There are positive ideas that can help us survive – while we begin to read our seed catalogs and dream about gardens and beautiful Springflowers.


​Here are some wonderful ideas for “Cur(ing) the Winter Blues with Indoor Plants”.  Winter blooming houseplants can promote relaxation and well being, and bring some relief from the winter blahs.  (Is that a real word? It is certainly a real feeling.)  Some houseplants to brighten your winter mood include Orchids, Primroses, Cyclamen and Kalanchoes. 


For additional information about these specific plants and their care, check out

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​Studies have shown that there are certain common houseplants that are low maintenance with an ornamental value while helping to clean the indoor air 

(i.e. closed up winter house) of common airborne pollutants that can impact our health. “In addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen…, these plants eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. …benzene removal is also performed by the micro-organisms in the potting mix in which they are planted.” Suggested plants include English Ivy, Golden Pathos, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, Peace Lily, Lady Palm, Spider Plant and Snake Plant. (Our thanks to author Chris Ferrero, Master Gardener for her article printed in “Dutchess Dirt”, the gardening newsletter from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County.)


​Lyme is in full committee mode working to plan activities for this summer’s 200th anniversary of the town of Lyme. The Lyme Garden Club has already ordered their garden and pot flowers for 2018 that will be in the patrioticcolors of red, white and blue. Planning is also underway for the biennial Lyme Garden Tour that will be held on July 7th.  We are looking for residents who would be willing to allow us to highlight their gardens as part of the Tour. If you are inclined, please contact us at















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