'Hang Spring Cleaning!'
23rd Feb 2018
There is always a little thrill of anticipation for me when the days start to draw out. A reminder that in a world of uncertainties, you know where you are with the natural world. As sure as night follows day, out of Winter comes Spring. Changing weather patterns may be affecting the seasons but there is nothing more thrilling than that first glimpse of Spring after a long dark Winter. Like Mole in Wind in the Willows, it takes you by surprise. A change in the quality of the light; an intangible promise of warmer times to come and an urge to get outside. Just as there is a wakening in Nature, as perennials start to make their presence known, so there is with ideas and plans to bring to fruition projects that you have been mulling over during the long dark Winter months.
I’ve written in a previous blog about how Winter reveals the structures and shapes in your garden and how this provides you with an opportunity to rethink your outdoor space. Not quite starting with a blank canvas but offering a clearer look at what is working and what is not. Garden design is all about the use of shapes. Your garden may not on first glance lend itself to your aspirations of how you want to use the space but if you start with shapes rather than ‘I want a patio in the top sunny corner’, you will be starting from a strong garden design principle.
Over the next few months, I will be considering in this blog, a number of garden design principles that will make a huge difference to bringing to life your ideas for your garden. I shall also be at a number of garden shows in the South West, starting with Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle on 27 & 28 April 2018.
Come & find me to chat through your garden design ideas. It doesn’t have to be a big project. A small change can make a big difference - another fundamental garden design principle. More of which, I’ll talk about next time!