February 2023 Update

I have been lucky to spend all of February visiting family in the UK. I escaped Ottawa just before the bone chilling temperatures of -37c hit and arrived here in a balmy 10c. Everyday I have been enjoying the green grass, winter flowering shrubs and winter flowers.

Even in winter there is so much to see and here’s a few of my favourite highlights.

Crowds of people head out to see the snowdrop displays all over the country. I was lucky enough to be able to visit these: Colesbourne Gardens, OldCourt Nursery and Picton Gardens, Cerney House and Painswick Rococo Gardens. All had amazing collections of different snowdrop varieties plus woodland or gardens filled with carpets of snowdrops. If you are happen to find yourself in the Cotswolds they are worth checking out.

Snowdrop ‘Grumpy’

One of hundreds of different varieties of snowdrops!

Seeing the bare bones of gardens here in winter and not covered in snow, has made me start rethinking the way we see our own gardens back in Ottawa. Although I already leave many grasses and seed heads standing over winter I think there is more I can explore in adding structure to my garden. That is one of the things I like about gardening; there is always something new to learn and try out.

If you need some help with a vision for your garden then contact me about my garden consultation service. I can help you assess what you have already and what you would like to achieve, then help you put those plans in to action. Get in touch here.

Soon I will be heading to the world famous Kew Gardens in London. It must be nearly 30 years since I was last there and I’m looking forward to seeing all the additions and changes, especially the treetop walk and the ‘Hive’. The Garden Museum is also on my wish list.

Once I get back to Ottawa at the beginning of March I will start to get organized for sowing some seeds and starting this year’s crop of flowers. Follow along on this year’s flower journey. I’m excited for the season ahead and hope you are too!

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”

Indian Proverb

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