Getting Into Gardening Can Help Get You Through Winter
Many years ago whilst still living in the UK I got into gardening in a big way. I studied gardening at night school and then later as a distance learner when I took up the challenge to complete an RHS horticultural course. I also volunteered time at a local nursery to learn about growing plants on a big scale. To say gardening had me hooked was an understatement.
In my last garden in the UK I had a tiny greenhouse, just 6x4 feet, but with shelving fitted I had plenty of room to sow seed in the autumn to produce perennials for the coming year. In those days I bought my seed mail order from a nursery which also had open gardens and was situated in Devon UK. The nursery is called plant world and they send out a yearly seed catalogue to anyone interested in buying rare seed.
During summertime , I took the shelving out of my tiny greenhouse and grew peppers and tomatoes in it.
Of course, making an autumn sowing in the UK means that care has to be taken over winter to ensure frost doesn´t kill your emerging green babies, but going down the garden to tuck my seedlings in and also check the small paraffin heater was still lit did get me outside in the fresh sometimes frigid air, and even this gave me a bit of a lift in the winter months.
Looking through seed catalogs in the depth of a British winter and dreaming of plans for my garden in the following summer also filled me with delight, and made winter feel not so bad and easier to get through.
I made sure I had plenty of seasonal interest in my garden, and this included Helibore plants placed in front of the living room window which often flowered even when covered in snow. Shrubs that produced red berries, evergreen shrubs and conifers, and of course a whole range of spring flowering bulbs. I did yearn for a twisted willow, but didn´t have the right spot to place one where I could see its bare and twisted branches from the house in the winter.
I´ll never forget one winter when we had a huge snowfall at Christmas, this later started to thaw, but then iced over and remained this way for what seemed an age. When eventually a thaw set in and the frozen snow was beginning at last to disappear I wrapped up well and went for a walk around my garden. There underneath the snow I spied shoots from a Peony pushing through the soil. The joy that gave me was unbelievable, how could such a delicate and beautiful plant have survived all that freezing cold ?
I know there will be many here on PP who enjoy nature / gardening and will know exactly how much can be looked forward to even in the depths of winter. For those of you who don´t garden, then at least keep your eyes open when out and about and look for the first signs of spring in your neighbourhood.
I hope you can experience the feeling of excitement that I get when I see the first signs of a tree coming into bud, or the shoots of a crocus pushing through snow or any of the wonders of late winter in the garden or neighbourhood, which herald the coming of spring.
Image Credit for banner photograph my own.
Image credit for others :- Crocus in snow. CC0 Public Domain http://pixabay.com/en/crocus-schwertliliengewaechs-95093/
Iced berries. License: CC0 Public Domain http://pixabay.com/en/berries-ice-winter-buds-red-snow-302341/
Image Credit » My Own