Garden Notebook January/February
Winter conjures images of a grey bleak landscape. The growing season has come to an end and our garden lush with green foliage, blooms, fruit and vegetables have long faded into the brilliant color of fall and further into fond memories where one usually thinks of hunkering down for the winter. Stored are the mowers, wheelbarrows, blowers, trimmers, trowels and shovels as we start fires, brew tea, simmer stew and bundle up for winter. I view winter like I do spring where I study plants that offer interest the season holds. For example, dried mop heads of hydrangea blossoms, berries on holly, fragrance from witch-hazel in flower or the discovery of forgotten bulbs poking through the ground in anticipation of spring.
This time of year is a good time for reflection in the garden as well as planning for the next growing season. I start with evaluating the garden with a critical eye; looking for gaps in planting beds that need filling, removing dead wood and pruning back shrubs and trees for thinning and shaping; thriving on the successes and learning from the failures the prior season held.
Whereas many people find January and February uneventful times in the garden, I am scurrying around with transplanting’s, pruning, mulching, fertilizing, weeding, infill planting and detailing. I love the crisp air and am inspired to keep in motion to stay warm and work up a hearty appetite. It is a great time to start a new garden or renew an older one.
Here’s to winter work setting the stage for a beautiful growing season. Cheers and Happy Gardening!