After a week like this, who isn’t ready for a little spring?

On Tuesday, as the blowing snow blocked the view outside my window, I opened a magazine to a photograph of vases filled with flowers – dahlias in one, peonies in another, English roses in a third. Flowers in bloom! Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens.

Another magazine showed dazzling blue furniture and accessories for the home. This reminded me of a friend’s enclosed porch that is furnished with white wicker, blue-and-white cushions and pops of yellow.

Blue haze, bay blue and blue mist are among the colors L.L. Bean features in its newly arrived catalog, which suggests sheets in new patterns and fresh hues as “the perfect antidote to gray days.” Of course, I read this on a sunny Thursday morning.

Elsewhere, another design pro mentioned turquoise as a color to watch for in home decor in 2014. Turquoise. Does it get more springlike than that?

Next came word from the Gap, which is playing up pastels as the “sweet shades of spring.” Baby blues, pale pinks, mellow yellows … so pretty. So spring. Even oxford shoes come in a shade called pale lemon.

Lord & Taylor, too, offers a spring fashion preview on its website. Lacey cutouts, bold stripes and something called “mirror prints” – described as “sophisticated designs with the charm of perfect symmetry” – are among the trends.

Florist Dave Whelan also reminds me that tulips and irises are among the flowers available now. “Even a bunch of plain old daisies on the table gives you some light and cheer. It brightens up your day when there is no sun,” said Whelan, owner of Floral Explorations on Hertel Avenue.

Just make sure the flowers are wrapped well to get them home in the cold.

See, a little spring isn’t so very hard to find – even for those who, like me, enjoy winter. Most of the time.

If it’s getting a jump-start on gardening you’re interested in, look into some upcoming workshops. One option: Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo and Urban Roots Community Garden Center Cooperative have announced their 2014 winter-spring workshop series, beginning this month.

Workshop topics include “The Role of Soil in a Sustainable Garden,” Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects to Your Garden,” “Vegetable Gardening 101” and more. Most are free unless otherwise noted. For schedule and additional information, visit or

Final note: The Amaryllis & Cymbidium Show runs Jan. 18 to Feb. 16 at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave. It’s just another way to soak up some spring. Visit for information on this and other indoor gardens, exhibits and upcoming classes and events.