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Urban garden trends for 2020

I don't know about you but January always gets my Green Thumbs twitching. Its the prospect of a whole new gardening year ahead with new designs, new concepts and new plants to play with.

As much as I love all things Christmas, especially having an excuse to haul half of what's still growing in the garden through the back door for arranging into winter bouquets and table adornments, a la Scandi style, I'm also equally glad to wave it all back out on to the compost heap at the end of the festive season. and start plotting the garden for the following season.

The prospect of a warm Spring sun cant come quick enough in our house but there's still a torturous stretch ahead when you know you've got to see through the dreaded January and February garden blues first.

Prevention being better than cure though I now arm myself with the following each New Year and it tends to see me through. First, gardening magazines, lots of them, and any number of begged or borrowed gardening books I can get my grubby little hands on from green fingered friends and family. And seed catalogues. Aaaahhh. Just the thought of clicking that 'purchase' button on the next little pack of magic seems to calm my racing heart.

I also love trawling through endless pictures of gorgeous flower planting schemes and ideas on Pinterest or IG and it seems to soothe the mind, not to mention inspire any current garden design I'm working on at the time. ( You can have a nosey at my personal faves and saved finds if you follow our Pinterest and IG accounts btw ;0)



And what I've noticed with all said soul soothings and research thus far is that 2020 is going big on Wild Garden themes!

Personally, I couldn't be happier.

Not only does this compliment my own wild witchy soul but its vital we all start supporting Nature in as many ways as we can and planting a wild garden just makes total sense. Its also bang on trend so...

Win, Win!

If, by any chance, you are thinking about renovating your garden this Year then do bear this style in mind but to integrate some supportive ways you can bring the wildlife back to London Town right now, this month, this minute, then nothing beats a bird feeder, or 3.

January is the perfect time to get your feeder set up and ready for when the hard cold weather and possible snow really start to make things tough for the Birds. Hopefully by that time they will already be familiar with your feeder and know exactly where to come for a source of much needed fuel and warmth.

I used to have a real job on my hands to stop the squirrels taking over the feeder in my own garden and it really put me off feeding the birds for a few years but since this Christmas I was given a 'Squirrel Buster' bird feeder which has without doubt landed a place on my best 'gardeners' presents EVER list!

https://www.gardenbird.co.uk/squirrel-buster-mini.html <<<link here

Not only does it work brilliantly ( thanks to some genius weight - spring, cut off mechanism design thingy) but I have over 12 different species of birds in my garden all day, every day, dive-bombing the feeder to their hearts content and consequently giving me endless amounts of joy with their chirpy little ways.

Even as I write this now its like a mini wildlife park out there. The icing on the cake the other day being a 20 minute 'stuff your beak' fest from a gorgeous pair of Parakeets. What's not to love.

So, with some simple wildlife tweaks to the garden and a handful of catalogues and garden zines January and February aren't quite as dim as they could be, even if it is just from the comfort of a cosy window seat.

If the prospect of a brand new garden design is on the to do list for 2020 then so much the better. There'll be quite a bit to keep you occupied.

Happy 2020 garden Dreams to you all

Alison x

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