A common request when working as a gardener is “can you put the garden to bed”. This usually means a ruthless cutting down of all herbaceous perennials. However, the snowy and frosty weather makes me wonder whether we should not put the garden to bed at all. The stems of many plants have been stunning during the snow and also offer a winter home to many beneficial insects i.e. ladybirds, which I’m sorry to say I have dislodged many of during the winter tidy up. Of course now in the familiar dreary murky weather the straggly stems of these plants look anything but beautiful!