|Hip-hip-hip hooray for Hippeastrum (aka Amaryllis) ‘Evergreen’|
Other than snow flowers decking the branches, there’s not much blooming outdoors this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in our frosty neck of the woods.
Indoors, the leaves of the over-wintering pelargoniums are hanging in, and the pale greeny-white blooms of Sarah’s new Amaryllis/Hippeastrum ‘Evergreen’ make a fabulous picture in her orange kitchen.
We northern gardeners are actually lucky to have this grow-nothing time each winter. It’s a fallow period for the mind.
This became clear to me as I reorganized my bookshelves recently, and came across a little book by ad-man James Webb Young, an essay on the process of creative thinking called A Technique for Producing Ideas. You can read a review and précis of his essay with all the steps at CreativeThinkingWith.com here.
Here’s the high-level version of Young’s process: After gathering all the information you can on the problem you’re trying to solve and giving yourself time to digest it, the most surprising – and perhaps most important – step is to stop thinking. Go away. Do something else. Let your unconscious do the work.
Winter imposes that step on us. It’s a time to read and research, put on our thinking caps and mull things over… but also a time for letting our unconscious do the garden work. So those Eureka! moments arrive with the fine weather.
I know I have some serious figuring out to do. As usual, my eyes are bigger than my garden. What do you think? Can my unconscious imagine me a few more acres of land?
To see what other gardeners are up to this Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, skip on over to May Dreams Gardens, where blogger extraordinaire Carol hosts a bloomin’ show and tell every 15th of every month.
|I’m letting my unconscious play with a stack of seed catalogues and seed packets.|