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The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy

Author...  Emma Hardy
Photography By...  Debbie Patterson
Publisher...  Cico Books
Release date...  September, 2015
Price...  £14.99
About the author... 

Emma Hardy is a keen gardener, with an RHS level 2 certificate in Horticulture. She has gardened on an allotment for several years, and is currently creating an urban garden with fruit, vegetables, and as many plants as it is possible to squeeze into a small space. Emma's previous books include Teeny Tiny Gardening, The Urban Wildlife Gardener and Green Crafts for Children. Married with two daughters, Emma lives in south London, UK.

My Review... 

I chose to review 'The Winter Garden' Over 35 step-by-step projects using foliage and flowers, berries and blooms and herbs and produce by Emma Hardy' as I fell in love with the front cover and the idea of sorting out my pots at the front of the house, so they looked good throughout the Winter...

The books starts with a great introduction and basic techniques section including how to choose containers and compost. There is also a great directory of winter plants for adding foliage, scent and which bulbs to go for.

The Winter Garden is then set into three chapters, starting with: Stems & Leaves. Here you will learn how to create bang on trend 'Succulents in concrete planter' and the most amazing 'Succulent wreath' which is first on my list of things to try and do. Other projects include 'Vertical metal hangers with ivy' and 'Rusty box with tiny spruce' t name a couple.

Next up is: Beautiful Bulbs where you learn how to add scent to your garden and indoors with projects like 'Hyacinths in glass jars' and my favourite 'Bulbs in metal molds' where Emma uses vintage jelly moulds full of a selection of pretty flowering bulbs like muscari, crocus and hyacinth.

Last up is: Winter Color which once again has some great planting ideas like 'Window box pansies' which uses a lovely old metal container full of richly coloured pansies offset against lacy ferns and bun moss. For indoors there is a great 'glass jar terrarium' where you can create a perfectly formed small garden inside using hellebores and violas.

And if you are keen on growing your own food, there are projects to make the most of hardy herbs, cabbages, kale, cavolo nero, and more.

The The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy is a great hardback book packed full of so much creative inspiration to give you ideas for planting pots, forcing bulbs and growing winter crops. At a recommended price of £14.99, I think this hardback book is a good buy as it is has so many great tips, ideas and resources for the first-time gardener and lots of inspiration for those who already have green fingers. I honestly can't stop looking at it and have already started buying some of the plants on the list...

The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, photography by Debbie Patterson, published by CICO Books

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

Have a sweet day!

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The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, photography by Debbie Patterson, published by CICO Books http://www.rylandpeters.com/the-winter-garden
The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, photography by Debbie Patterson, published by CICO Books http://www.rylandpeters.com/the-winter-garden
The Winter Garden by Emma Hardy, photography by Debbie Patterson, published by CICO Books http://www.rylandpeters.com/the-winter-garden

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