Since spring is my favorite season, I like to bring a little of that season's glory into my home during the much darker days of late fall and winter.
With that in mind, I visit my favorite nursery and plunk out some cash for a handful of paper whites. Once home, I gingerly arrange them in a very tall vase (with about 2 inches of water and pebbles in the bottom) which I then place in a sunny spot to initiate the forcing process. The roots begin to appear almost immediately.
And voila! In a couple of weeks, I see spring holding court in my living room. The aroma is delightful, filling the room with a delicately soft sweetness.
So, bring on the wind, frost, and rain. I am busy making my own private spring. See, you really can fool Mother Nature!