All posts tagged: January

January in the Garden

While we’re all tucked up inside with the central heating blaring and the candles flickering it’s nice to look ahead to the warmer months. I get pleasure in taking time to look at the bare bones of my garden in January to plan what I’m going to change, decide what has to go, think what new to try out and work out how to use every inch to its advantage. Happy days!  In My Garden I have a few glimmers of colour in my garden, which is very wet and soggy at the moment. Bringing the outdoors – indoors This is a nice way to transition from all of the colourful Christmas colours and décor. I just discovered these bulbs in pretty containers at my local farm shop, Bert’s Barrow. I was delighted to meet Shona of Fox Red Flowers who provides her pots and floristry to Bert’s Barrow. Shona has a lovely eye for design utilising her horticulture skills, with spring bulbs and plants in colourful pots and reclaimed dishes and boxes. The bonus is …

January in the Garden

When I migrated back to North Yorkshire, a garden was on the ‘must have’ list, where I could get back to nature and enjoy being outdoors. But I didn’t want to be tied to home with a grass cutting routine in the summer months, so my new garden had to be low maintenance but full of greenery. So this is how it began a year and a half ago. With a little help from of a local landscape gardener, we came up with a plan….raised patio, and sleeper beds, and a gravel path leading to an imaginary place! This little courtyard garden is evolving, as gardens do, and here it is in January. It looks a bit empty and I sometimes feel the urge to rush to the garden centre and fill it up! But gardens, like life, cannot be full throttle, all bells and whistles all the time otherwise we (and they) would very soon become exhausted husks. So a bit of down time, and no great urgency to get out and garden! But …