We are back to work busily preparing for the possibility of snow and designing the projects that will be done this coming season, but something is missing. This time of year it is noticeably getting dark a lot earlier. My body clock can’t get used to it. It seems like it is dark most of the time. Winter days are often referred to as the grey days. It’s like someone flipped a switch.
So what if we used Outdoor Lighting as a form of Winter Gardening? During the summer it stays light until all hours and the sun is up way too early in the morning for most of us. But what about bringing some life back to the winter grey? There is still plenty going on in the gardens and the trees have a completely different appeal that you cannot see during the summer. Maybe we could make your landscaping more warm and inviting; Alive.
I always say that if you are going to spend money on landscaping then you should be able to enjoy it all year long. Personally, I leave before the sun comes up and get home well after it has set most days. Except for a few Sundays when I do the maintenance on my own house, I hardly see the landscape. But, there is something peaceful about turning up the driveway and seeing the architecture of your own home lit up, the beauty of the landscape you’ve invested in, and there is the safety factor of being able to see where you are going. A sense of peace when you return home. An invitation to forget all the days worries and prepare to greet your family.
Fire pits and larger fireplaces offer an extra opportunity to be outdoors and skip out on some reality tv. They can be wood burning or gas/propane. Often they are the center of the family’s entertaining and AMJ has all the people to make it happen and extend your enjoyment of your Landscape.
With the advent of warm white lamps, LED Outdoor Lighting has moved from that blue haze to a truly beautiful light that uses only pennies worth of electricity compared to the standard Halogen lighting of just a few years ago.
And there is nothing wrong with leaving some holiday style lights on the bushes through March. They also don’t cost much to run if you use LEDs and who cares if the neighbors think you are lazy. They are inside hibernating anyway. I’m not saying the snow globe penguins should still be out there but a little lighting on the roof line or in the shrubs is nice.
I know a garden center in Detroit and the owner goes all out making decorations with greens, so the outdoor pots have something in them for this time of year. She uses LED lighting in every display to keep the season going. Deborah says, “My advice this January morning is to stay warm and plug something in.” I agree!