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February Garden Jobs

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  • Put cloches over the ground that you’ll be using for vegetables so the soil can really warm up and be ready for the seeds/seedlings.  If you don't have cloches use clear polythene and ensure it is weighted down at the edges.
  • Check garden structures e.g. pergolas, arches, fences and trellis and make any repairs as needed
  • Keep ponds free of ice
  • Keep bird feeders and water dispensers topped up
  • Plan a herb garden/area
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February Gardens

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snowdropsFebruary is definitely a cold month and can often be colder than January although that may go without saying this year since we've just had the warmest January on record!  

This month we really start to notice the days getting that little bit longer and there are often a few sunny days to look forward to too!  The warmer days can tempt us outside but don’t be fooled there's still a likelihood of cold winds, heavy frosts and maybe even a sprinkling of snow so remember, early sowing of seeds and planting out may lead to disappointment! 

On those days warm enough to get outside and enjoy you’ll be able to see signs of life beginning to stir in and around your garden!  Snowdrops and crocuses are already up and flowering in many areas and even the daffodils have made an appearance making everywhere look so much brighter and cheerier! We're already seeing them peeping through in many of our client's gardens here in Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Garden Design Quick Tip - Man Made Texture

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20150720-111210Good use of texture in the garden is often the thing that brings that final touch of finesse to your design – it is a key tool for designers in creating visual excitement and emotional response when viewing a garden, and often a key element in achieving a good textural tapestry is the planting.  

But while plant shape (form); colour; leaf size, shape and texture; along with positioning all combine texturally, plants alone don’t always create the ‘whole’ textural picture in a garden – it is often the man-made things that we put with them that add to the mix and creates the fuller view.  Think patios, pathways, containers, structures, sculptures, etc – these elements can all add harmony, impact and depth to the textural scene.

Along with function and form, the texture of these man-made elements help define the feel and visual impact of a garden, for instance, if you want a contemporary space then smooth, sleek surfaces with sharp edges add that touch of ‘precision’ that many contemporary gardens exhibit. Conversely if you long for a more relaxed, cottage garden style then reclaimed brick, cobbles or rivened finishes lend themselves well here.  

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August Garden Advice

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RHS Wisley July 2010-400The top priority for your August garden is usually to just sit back, relax and enjoy your garden and who are we to say anything otherwise?  Go on, get out there and enjoy it before the weather changes for good!

Traditionally, this is the holiday month so if you're planning to be away remember to arrange for a neighbour/friends/family to pop round to keep an eye on plants for you. You’ll need to ask them to pick the fruit and veg that has ripened on any edible plants or it will spoil what is left still growing. 

 

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Garden Design Quick Tip - Colour - Let's hear it for riotous red!

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using red in a borderRed – evocative of so many emotions, often extreme but always powerful; some find red a really difficult colour to use in a garden but when it is used well it can really add a zing factor to your outdoor space.

Red, of course, is one of the primary colours (along with blue and yellow) but unlike blue – a cool colour – which recedes, red – a hot colour – tends to advance, or look closer than it really is.  That quality can be used to great effect in a garden, for instance you can trick the eye into thinking something is narrower than it is by the use of hot colours.  For instance by planting hot colours at the back of a border with cooler colours at the front, it would look like the border wasn’t as deep as it is, and the reverse is true too – plant hot colours at the front and cooler colours behind to make a border look deeper.  Red will help you accentuate an area too because it will draw the eye and grab the attention of the viewer so if you want to bring attention to a certain area, swathe it with red.  

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