Well, the Christmas tree has been recycled, the shortest day of the year is behind us and we can look forward to the renewal that spring brings.
If January feels like a drab month, this issue we’re highlighting everything colourful and energising to bring some cheer.
Don’t discount Dogwood!
While you may not see that many colourful blooms in January, you might have noticed the fiery red, orange and yellow stems of Dogwood (Cornus). The shrub variety will brighten any garden in winter.
Health and sustainability are two hot topics for the new decade – and you can embrace both. You could grow some green, leafy veg, which contains carotenoids, proven to be good to improve eyesight and general well-being. Spinach is a great winter vegetable and Waitrose has a delicious lasagne recipe to take full advantage here.
If January is making you feel a bit sluggish, how about a craft coffee alcohol infusion? If you’ve been getting a kick out of Expresso Martinis, the latest thing is adding coffee flavours to everything from beer to gin! Or try it neat with a shot of Jagermeister Coldbrew herbal liqueur. Details here and it’s available at most supermarkets.
Winter Garden wowzers
The team at Polesden Lacey promise that the Winter Garden – designed by Graham Stuart Thomas – is filled with colour in January and February. Go and check out the cheery yellow aconites and wonderful snowdrops. Perhaps also enjoy a talk held by their garden experts. Dates and details here.
We’d love to hear from you if you’d like ideas on bringing colour and life to your garden.
Head of Beautiful Gardens