Reflections of Winter into Spring

It is hard to believe 2017 has come to a close and we celebrate the beginning of a new year. It’s January and it is cold! Being hardy Minnesotans means that if we want to get outside for fresh air, we have to bundle up!

As winter barrels on into its’ last few weeks, some are dreaming and preparing for our next season of gardening. It is never too early to start planning garden projects, so when the warm weather is here we are ready.

Take a mental spin through your garden, did you make some notes or take pictures of your garden(s)? If not, no need to worry but try to keep notes in 2018. It is always a good idea to list anything in particular in your garden that does not delight you. Some things to consider would be, invasive perennials that have taken over the space or shrubs that have become overgrown and need to be replaced.

Looking From The Inside Out

Here is an easy way to take stock of your garden. Look out the window, yes even though there is snow on the ground, to review your garden space. This is where a successful home landscape should begin. It’s hard to view the space when you are actually in the garden.

Whether you have just one window or many windows, ask yourself this: Where do you see your garden from most often? Is there a favorite window you look out that gives you joy? It could a be the den, deck, kitchen or a favorite reading chair. Let the garden greet you as you look out your window.

Create a first impression in the front walkway too. It is the first thing people see when they come visit. Not just in spring, but through all the seasons, too. Then once inside, invite them to sit in your room with a view. That guarantees them the best seat of all.

If this time of reflection starts to overwhelm you then take a moment to call in some support.  Your local Garden Center and Design team, like those at The Mustard Seed Landscape & Garden Center, would be delighted to visit with you and help you formulate a plan for getting the most out of your yard and garden in 2018.

“Don’t think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It’s quiet but the roots are down there riotous” – Rumi