By Kim Charles

Close up of terrarium with various Tillandsias, Phalaenopsis orchids, Cryptanthus, Staghorn fern and baby elephant ear.

Chris and Pam Neumann, have found the best way to make it through a Wisconsin winter.

"This is how Pam and I keep ourselves sane in the winter in Wisconsin. The dining room has south and east facing windows so it is the official plant room. Many of these plants go outside in the summer. The lucky ones get to come back in. We added the terrarium three years ago. It helps keep the humidity up for the air plants, etc. I mist it every morning. With all the green, and the orchids, tillandsias, Christmas cactus and other flowering plants, I think we'll make it through until spring comes again."

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Terrarium on east wall. Hibiscus on left, Aloe (not vera) on right.

The south windows with their two bookcases and bakers rack for plants.

Top of bakers rack. Aloe vera, Jade plant, Tillandsia geographica, Hoya.

One of our Christmas cacti blooming

Succulents on the bottom shelf of the baker's rack under artificial lights.

Flowering Tillandsia sp. Wasn't labeled when I bought it and haven't ID'd it yet.

Flowering T. ioananthes. In the first terrarium photo, it is hanging on the right. There it's mostly green; the tips of the leaves show a little orange. As it gets ready to flower, the leaves turn bright red.

Art imitating Life imitating Art. Or vice-versa.

Mr. Turtle watching from his nearby aquarium. At 4 inches long, he is full grown. He's 35 years old; I've had him since he was a hatchling.

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