January is here and each day is imperceptibly longer than the day before, the increasing daylight soon becomes obvious and is a portent of the arrival of spring. Stevenson gets it right with the general view of midwinter – late sunrise and early sunset, short days and long cold nights. It is often perceived that this time in the garden consists of a frigid grey world with small jewels of flower colour, each requiring close and intimate inspection. However, in the depths of the cold weather, with a careful choice of plants and especially if you are lucky enough to have the luxury of a warm wall, one can still have a display which would be worthy of balmier times.
The full story appears from page 61 of our magazine.