Lucy's Garden Journal: Early Winter
22 Dec 2022
There’s no doubt that the deepest winter months can feel ever so bleak where plantlife is concerned. But, as always with the great outdoors, there is magic to behold. Personally, I like to view my horticultural endeavours at this time of year through a lens of putting the garden to rest for a little while. After an unseasonably warm Autumn, there’s something quite nice about finally being able to do so too – a cleansing ritual, if you like. This is the time of year that we go back to a blank canvas and start afresh, in the garden and beyond! And so to cutting back and clearing – Especially where those wily slugs and snails have made themselves at home. Plus there’s still an abundance of life to be found if you’re just willing to look close enough…
Though the lively brights of summer no longer grace our gardenscapes – this time of year brings a palette all of its own. Rich and earthy, there is still much colour to be enjoyed and there are ways to help it along too. For example, I added some Bigoudi red Chrysanthemums this year and they look just beautiful alongside the Crab Apples. They’ve certainly brought a splash of festive cheer to the garden and, while you have to keep on top of cutting them, they’re just lovely to enjoy in the house or gift to friends and family as I’ve been doing.
So, as you see, there is much to be excited about even if it doesn’t seem so at a first glance. In the garden or not, make the most of this time to rest, take stock and make great plans for the year ahead.