I am a regular Publix (Florida grocery store franchise) Friday shopper, and have been all my adult life in Florida. On a recent shopping trip I was thinking to finally get a new plant to replace the one that had long since died (of natural causes!) in my living room. I was very quickly talked into getting the above purple hyacinth by the lady behind the counter. Growing a plant right in a vase of water appealed to me, and she promised when in bloom the scent would fill the room. She was right, it now smells great anytime I pass by the bloom!
Having flowers right inside your house also makes for a very convenient photography subject too. So my photography tip is if you live somewhere that is really cold, so cold it deters you from going outside with your DSLR in winter, then go out and buy some flowers and shoot from the comfort of your living room!