Garden Ideas - Winter Landscape Garden Ideas
As any avid gardener knows, time
is at a premium from Spring until the first frost of Fall. But Fall
is the time to begin getting your garden or landscape ready for
its winter dormancy. Once the basic winter garden maintenance is
complete, many displaced gardeners begin looking for ways to fill
their time during the cold winter months ahead. When your garden
is sleeping you have the time to go to the library or a bookstore
and browse for winter garden projects, new ideas and gardening tips.
If your friends and family are looking to you for holiday gift ideas,
books on tree identification, composting and organic gardening are
always appreciated by gardeners.
This is a perfect time to fulfill your
garden dreams and finalize those plans on
building your own greenhouse, researching that 'hard
to plant' landscape or basic landscape design. It will help you
chase away the winter blues if you sketch out plans for some new
flower beds. How about one entire bed dedicated to your favorite
color? Maybe planning a special moon garden that only includes flowers
and plants that bloom white!
BUNDLE UP AND TAKE A WALK !
Here in Kentucky, Fall and winter are
my favorite times for walking in the woods, bird watching and making
plans for Spring flower beds. Often, because of the lack of foliage
this time of the year, the sun creates luminous colors not seen
at any other time. I have taken some of my favorite wildlife and
nature photos in the middle of winter. I like to watch all the birds,
not just on the feeders, but in the plants and on the ground.
While you are enjoying the winter landscape
around you, take notes about areas that may seem somewhat bare and
need extra planting attention come Spring. Many of us who love nature
plant garden beds, shelter trees and plants specifically as a refuge
for the birds in winter. As you're removing dead vegetation and
starting to make plans for Spring, consider planting a hedgerow
of evergreen or a Leyland Cypress or arborvitae for the birds to
nestle in during cold winter winds. If you are concerned about your
garden budget, consider starting a garden club. That way you can
trade plants and ideas with others who are bitten by the garden
bug. You are only limited by your vision !
"Winter, a lingering season,
is a time to gather golden moments,
embark upon a sentimental journey,
and enjoy every idle hour"
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