All in a flut­ter

Period Living - - Reclamation -

Our feath­ered friends need your help through the cold sea­son. Birds need high-en­ergy, high-fat foods, such as sun­flower seeds and nuts, to main­tain their fat re­serves to sur­vive the frosty nights. Choose seed mix­tures with plenty of naked oats, sun­flower seeds, and peanut gran­ules, and keep it con­tained, dry and safe from squirrels or other pests in the Peck­ish Stor­age Tin, £19.99, West­land Gar­den Health.

on the BOOKSHELF

Any fans of Arts and Crafts should reach for Ju­dith B. Tankard’s book Gar­dens of the Arts & Crafts Move­ment (£34.99, Tim­ber Press). It is, she ex­plains, im­pos­si­ble to un­der­stand a house of the era with­out its gar­den, and as­sisted by beau­ti­ful il­lus­tra­tions and pho­to­graphs she high­lights the con­tri­bu­tions of such iconic fig­ures as Mor­ris and Gertrude Jekyll in this ro­man­tic, nat­u­ral­is­tic and ar­chi­tec­tural ap­proach to gar­den de­sign.

From this month you can start pre­par­ing veg­etable seed beds, and may even get round to sow­ing some veg un­der cover, so scrib­ble the names of your fledg­ling crops on this handy set of six slate plant tags, £12 from Gar­den Trad­ing.

WIPE your Feet leave any mud and de­bris at the door with this ma­chine wash­able mat from the His­toric royal Palaces col­lec­tion. £49.95, tur­tle Mat com­pany.

Heaven scentIf the chilly weather and damp aro­mas of win­ter are get­ting you down, give your­self an ol­fac­tory re­minder of warmer days with the Walled Gar­den vine tomato can­dle, filled with the scent of the plump fruits ripen­ing on sun-warmed vines. £20 from true Grace.

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