Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by adminWith most of us now well ensconced into the new year, we hope that you have made the most of the chilly winter months and been dipping into those seed catalogues, gardening magazines and finding inspiration on-line to crystallize the plans for your garden. Gardens provide us with constant interest all year round with the ever-changing light, landscape and weather… each season brings its own pleasures and whilst they may not always be so apparent in the winter months, there is beauty in the frost-rimed grasses and cobweb strewn seed heads which dazzle with frost in the early morning light. We can also see the bones of the garden in sharper outline and it is a great time to review the structure and layout of hard landscaping, beds and planting. Armed with plenty of winter woollies and a hot cup of tea, it’s a good time, now, to venture outdoors and to prune shrubs, climbers and evergreen hedges to create a defined structure to serve as a backdrop to the new perennials and leaves as they push their way up through their winter “coats”. Repairs to garden fences, pergolas or paving can be done too, as well as treating outdoor furniture in preparation for dining ‘al-fresco’ once the warmer weather arrives. The garden has become an extension of our living area during the summer months and planters, loungers and a place for dining and cooking can be added so that when that summer sunshine finally appears we can fling open the doors and take ourselves outside. In the meantime, with snow forecast for Southern regions this week….. keep warm and keep dreaming.