round up! February 2013

weeding out the best reads from another busy month on the internet

If January was the month of mapping and planning the coming year, then February was very surely the month of keeping up with projects!

We enjoyed some sunny moments in the twig garden spotting the first shoots of spring. Pulmonarias and Dicentra showed their first leaves and snowdrops and Cyclamen brought some very welcome early colour.

And a few quieter moments on the colder days gave us time to catch up on the month's gardening reads.

our pick of this month's reads

  • growing Lenton Roses - Dan Pearson wrote a lovely piece in The Guardian about growing Hellebores which got us excited about the winter garden and the first hints of spring.
  • cut flowers - And speaking of Hellebores did you see Anna Pavord's article in The Independent about British cut flower specialists The Flower Appreciation Society? She linked to The Garden Museum's current exhibition Floriculture-Flowers, Love and Money which we wished we could be in London for.
  • updating the National Trust - Tim Richardson wrote a refreshingly edgy piece on National Trust gardens in The Telegraph. Should historical gardens remain fixed in their past or is it time to bring in new gardeners and designers to add a fresh expression?
  • Chelsea 2013 - The Telegraph began their build up to the Chelsea Flower Show with a picture preview of the main designs. The jury is still out in the Twig studio as to which designs work and which don't, but more to follow on that later.

Happy reading...