I’ve been making the most of the rare bursts of winter sun by visiting the garden Centre to buy seasonal planting for my winter balcony boxes and of course smelling all those delicious fresh Christmas trees! Nothing like a spot of winter gardening in my Voodoo Vixen tartan Lori dress to get that festive feeling!
One of my favourite things about the winter season are the rich colours, the bright red berries against the blue sky in the early morning, the purple heathers that carpet the hills in contrast with the sharp acidic tones of the evergreen ferns.
I headed out on a little trip to the garden centre to pick up a few plants for my balcony flower boxes that you may remember me planting back in summer? Only this time instead of pretty flowers the plants need to be hardy to survive the cold winter weather.
I wore my festive tartan Lori dress to do a spot of gardening with my all-time favourite Mystery Boots from Hotter, ever-necessary M&S thermal vest and vintage fur coat. The Voodoo Vixen Lori dress is ideal for the winter months as the fabric is pretty weighty and the tied straps look cute with a tee or long sleeved vest top underneath (if like here, the temperature requires it!) as ever there are also perfectly positioned pockets in the side seam so it’s perfect for carrying your lipstick/ phone etc.
To our surprise our favourite garden Centre has been supporting a baby Alpaca charity and has dedicated a corner of the store to some seriously cute South American alpacas >SQUEAL<
In the end I opted for some ornamental berries, a purple heather, ivy and fabulous fuscia Cyclamen persicum as I wanted to keep a burst of colour on the balcony through the freezing cold winter months. I was rather happy with the result. For the greatest impact it’s best to buy medium sized plants so your box looks full and packed with a variety of texture and colour!
For decorations I invested in a few little shop bought gold birds that have a clip underneath so you can attach them to whatever you like, I scattered them throughout our Bay tree to add a touch of Christmas sparkle, rather darling wouldn’t you say?!
Hope your’e managing to enjoy a little outdoors time this winter, remember to keep topping up those vitamin D levels!
“In seed-time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~William Blake