January is a month of vulnerability for some of us, I personally feel fragile. The excitement of the holiday season has abruptly stopped, the weather is raw and nothing is in bloom outside. I, also, cannot think of any other month that I appreciate the sun more.
If your garden has been cleverly designed to maximize your 'view from within' you are set, if not your month should be filled with exciting dreams and plans for 2018 and beyond.
Exposed in winter the bones or structure are the beginnings of a good garden design and it is also where it ends. A well-placed chair or desk is the absolute best when the sun suddenly comes dancing in. Mystifying, it appears to have draped itself across your hedges, topiaries, and trees.
Particularly striking and unexpected is the soft pink glow of a magnificent specimen, Acer /Maple Sango Kaku bathed in the chance winter sun.
Contemporary; in the same allotted space, stage large numbers of narrow vertical drifts of dramatic looking Betula / Birch utilis var. jacquermontii.
A winter walk on the grounds at The New York Botanical Garden has remarkable reminders of winter colors for local suggestive plant material.
However, if you want to truly explore, plan a trip to visit Le Vasterival - a garden of passions. Located near Dieppe, France - the late Princess Sturdza mastered the woodland in color. On a future blog I will share my fascinating 4- hour garden walk with her, her Dachshunds and her silver serviced black coffee in the cold drizzle alongside the tennis court.
For now start dreaming and let the sunshine in.