cineraria-primroses_staatsWinter still has its hold on us here in Minnesota.  We vacillate from cool to cold, cool to warm, and all the variations in-between.  We have snow, it thaws, it freezes, then thaws again, leaving us in the middle of “mud season” (as a good friend of mine calls it).  So when I get tired of winter and need a jolt of spring I go to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.    The current Sunken Garden display is filled with cineraria, primrose, azalea, cyclamen, foxglove and lilies.  It’s a welcome visual and aromatic jolt to the winter-weary senses, and gives us the reassurance that spring can’t be too far away… maybe only another flip of the calendar page, from March to April???