…And now Christmas and the holidays are over, even Ukrainian Christmas is done. Some of us may be feeling a little bit of a slump, and others may be feeling like they need a great big nap! Either way, the ebb & flow of the seasons continue and the rhythm of winter has set in. Our gardens have ebb and flow too; and right now they are in a holding pattern — and sometimes we feel that our gardens are…well, rather…a little dull…
But do not fret! We have a few ideas on how to introduce some zip & zest into your garden during this winter solstice, so grab a cup of something warm – your choice – and let’s look at 6 Ideas to Make Your Winter Garden Sparkle.
- Keep a Few Lights On
- As you transition out of Christmas lighting, keep a few lights strategically located in your garden – we still spend a lot of time in the dark. Keeping something lit in your yard, balcony, or by your doors warms up your outside space.
- Here are some lighting ideas:
- lanterns with twinkle lights
- keeping clear branch lights in urns by a doorway
- light an archway
- light up a park bench or a table
- arrange lights around a bird bath
- Remember to use a timer – and as we get closer to spring the amount of time we need lights decreases.
- Add a New Focal Point
- Add a fresh focal point to your porch or garden. Take a peek through your regular gardening equipment and pick out something that will add some pizzazz like:
- brightly colored pots filled with branches
- a wheel barrow filled with pots packed with colorful twigs – maybe put a different kind of twigs in each pot! There’s yellow twigs, red twigs, brown twigs, some twigs still have many leaves, and others have brightly colored berries
- metal pails
- colored furniture
- build a snowman or a family of snow-people and decorate them with bright scarves & hats – put a baby one in a wheelbarrow – have one gardening! Looking for snowman inspiration? Check out the Calvin & Hobbes 🙂
- Add a Bird Feeder
- Draw life into your yard with a simple bird feeder – either free standing or hanging from a tree or the eves of your home and see your garden cheer up with the twittering activity of many feathered friends.
- Or, hang a few apples or suet in trees or on posts – birds like all of these kinds of foods.
- Add Some Decoration
- Just add some color – adding color at this time of year is HUGE – look around the house, garage, or storage to see what you have tucked away and put it in a different spot – put it in your yard or on your porch or by the door. Here’s a few ideas but remember, we all have our own creative bent:
- vintage wooden boxes
- skates, old wooden toboggans
- brightly colored metal flowers or birds
- stems of winter berries
- watering cans
- cream cans
- Add some fun & whimsy – make it magical with things like:
- word plaques & sayings
- burlap bows
- beaded garlands
- Add a Container by Your Door
- Having a container by the door you enter your home most often is a fun way to feel a welcome touch when you get home.
- Or, if you already have a container, give it a little change up – just adding some variety it instills a sense of freshness:
- change the accent color to something bright & new
- add sparkly stems or stems with pearls just for the fun of it
- Remember your Back Yard & Windows
- Consider adding something fun to the area of your yard that you see most often from your home – from the windows you spend the most time at – be it the kitchen sink, a window desk, a dining room window.
- Remember that your garden is your space, and it’s not always about putting out things in the front yard for the neighbours and other passers-by to enjoy – decorate the areas of your yard that you see most often.
It doesn’t really take a lot of energy or time to add life to a winter garden – a little color and a fresh idea go a long way to breathing life into a winter garden. Even if you pick one little idea, it will make a big difference.
Take some photos of your yard and share them with us on our Wallish Greenhouses Face Book page or on instagram@wallishgreenhouses – we would love to see your creative ideas & share them with our community.
Stay warm and refreshed!