Christmas seems to start earlier each year as we get caught up in the excitement of it all; maybe not months in advance, but in the weeks leading up to the great day itself. Secretly we do like to prepare and decorate our homes both inside and outside, from the minimalist look to the heavily decorated homes without an inch of space left free.
Over the years twinkly lights have been used more in our homes and strung across our streets for festive decoration. Lights on the inside give a delicate magical fantasy feel to our homes.
With the advancement in technology for outside lighting we are able to decorate the garden with lights that are powered by mains electricity, battery and solar power that make the outside feel as if we are in an extension of our homes.
This tree was at the Hampton Court Flower Show but we are sure it would look good in any garden what ever the time of year.
After the celebrations of last Christmas I found it difficult to take down the fairly lights from my kitchen window and garden fence. The set in the kitchen have been switched on every evening throughout the year and the garden ones have been used during the summer months when friends have visited.
With the dark winter nights now drawing in the thought of which areas in the garden will look magical adorned with pretty lights for the Christmas period is occupying my mind.
With so many colours and variations of lighting from stand alone, strings, ropes, icicles, curtains and nets of lights there is a light for all locations.
The temptation to over-indulge for some is too great and gardens take on more of a Disney feel rather than a “touched by the frost of winter” look. Everyone has their own style, but whatever you do, make sure that you do not trail wires that you may trip over and why not think about saving energy by using solar lights.
If you include lights in your garden all year ensure they are installed safely. However, remember to remove the lights from plants and bushes before pruning! I can speak from experience and they do not work after they have been chopped…oops!
This year I will be keeping the decoration simple with a net of lights laid over a bush at the front of the house, twinkling away and welcoming visitors to my home.
Will you be lighting your garden for people to enjoy?