Even with spring in sight, we are still stuck in the long dark tunnel of winter. Tom Smart suggests ways gardeners can distract themselves until spring arrives

Last weekend I emerged from my house and stood, squinting into the February sun. I felt a strange buzzing around my head, as if my skull was charged with static and at any moment I might experience an electric shock. I rolled my shoulders back and inhaled deeply. My lungs filled with the cold air. The sky was a sharp winter blue and above me, the contrails of transatlantic flights drew chalk marks through the stratosphere. There was something about the sun, the sky, the air – my mind began to clear

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