Looking Forward to Spring & Next Year’s Garden
The winter, at times, seems never ending with its short days, cold weather and being huddled up indoors in the warmth. Spring, one of the nicest seasons of the year, still seems a long way off into the future – so what can be done to soften this mood?
Winter has settled in, we’ve had our first snowfall – but not too often in the UK (certainly in the South), and the time we spent in the garden already seems a distant memory. If you’re like me, you’re already looking wistfully out your windows into your garden. Maybe you’re wishing you’d spent more time there when you had the chance, before everything froze over. Maybe you’re already dreaming of what you can do in the spring.
In the bustle of Christmas shopping, baking, and whatever else your family does, it’s amazing that dreams of gardening can still sneak their way in. There are some things you can do to satisfy that not-quite-dormant gardening bug. And is a joy to be doing.
Order Your Seed Catalogs
Even if you don’t order from catalogs often, and you prefer to go to the garden centre, you should still get a couple of catalogs. (See the review of the best seed catalogs on the ‘Web’.) For one thing, they usually arrive in January, weeks before the garden centres have their seeds out. This is great for planning. You can look through them and see which varieties interest you, what you would like to try new this year. From your catalogs, you can make a list, so you are organized when you finally do get to shop for your seeds.
Another thing is, seed catalogs offer so much more variety than garden centres do. The first seed catalog I ever ordered completely blew me away at how much is out there, if you only look a little bit. If nothing else, seed catalogs give us the opportunity to daydream about our garden as we flip though the pages. That is reason enough for me.
Visit a Conservatory
If you are near to Kew Gardens or The Eden Project or other similar gardens then visit them to get the juices flowing in your brain with potential new ideas for your garden. You will love it seeing the greenery again and can also see everything from jungle plants to desert plants all in one place. And, as a bonus, if you go near Christmas, you can see their gorgeous poinsettia display with their beautiful red colour.
Read a Good Gardening Book or Magazine
Again, take a look on the ‘Web’ reviews section for some ideas. Some of amazing books published will whet the appetite no end. It is fun just to leaf through them when you get a gardening itch.
Turn to House Plants
When the gardening season is going, I could care less about the plants in my house. You may have let more than your fair share of African Violets die of neglect between April and October. But once I can’t be outside anymore, I start to appreciate houseplants a lot more. It never fails that once the weather is cold, people start buying houseplants. This is not a great time of year to buy them, because they could suffer shock from being transported out in the cold, but maybe you can’t help yourself.
If you decide to buy plants, make sure they are wrapped well before you leave the garden centre, and get them into a nice warm house as soon as possible. Don’t be surprised by a bit of leaf drop, as this is inevitable. Of course, you can kill two birds with one stone here: buy a Norfolk Island Pine, which are everywhere this time of year. You can decorate it with tiny ornaments and garlands for Christmas, and then enjoy it as a houseplant the rest of the year!
There’s Always TV With Its Gardening Programs
I don’t know what I would do without HGTV in the winter. I can watch someone else garden while I snuggle under my fleece blankets. Besides many TV channels available with gardening programs,
So, there are five things to do to tide you over until you can start again. Be happy, because seed-starting will begin before you know it. Enjoy the winter, and take a look at how beautiful your garden can be under a blanket of snow and with a log cabin it will look really magical.