Your February garden
06 February 2024
The gales have subsided and February has arrived, albeit with the threat of some wintry showers . The birds are in fine song and the days are lengthening. There’s plenty to do and to plan in the garden. Cheering yourself up with a bit of instant seasonal colour is always a good start. More...
Seasonal colour is available in primoses, violas, pansies and cyclamen. Many spring bulbs are available to brighten up winter containers… starting with snowdrops, crocus, and dwarf narcissus. And the first camellias are well in bud.
Potatoes Time to think about chitting the seed potatoes i.e. setting them somewhere bright and cool (but frost-free) to allow shoots to develop and strengthen before March planting. We currently stock varieties catering for all tastes.
Fruit Plant raspberry canes, currant and gooseberry and blueberry bushes. And don’t forget rhubarb!
Summer Bulbs It’s a bit early to plant some of these (unless you can provide warmth) but not to early to buy. For the best choice of varieties buy now. Lilies, dahlias and gladioli are back in fashion. It's hard to match the sustained flower power of begonias, and that wonderfully fragrant classic, Lily-of-the-valley, is also available.
Seeds Let sowing commence! Our well stocked seed stands from Unwins an offer a wide variety of flower and vegetable seeds.
Feed the birds! Keep topping up feeders and bird tables, and consider positioning a nest box or two.
Paths and drives can still be slippery at this time of year. Clear moss and algae with Wonder Path & Patio Cleaner.
Lawns Lawn edges can be tidied up. Also consider improving drainage, with fork or hollow-tine aerator. Brush grit into holes. Depending on the weather, mowing can recommence in the next few weeks.
Winter planting… fruit, hedging and most shrubs and trees when ground is not frozen or waterlogged.
Winter pruning … fruit bushes and fruit trees (apple and pear only). Check for, and remove straight suckers from twisted hazel. Many shrubs and climbers can be tidied back, or, in the case of late-flowering clematis, pruned hard (to 30-40cm height, ensuring that some healthy buds are left).
Tidying Those January gales have taken quite a toll. To take the battered look off the garden, cut back ornamental grasses and other ‘frayed’ perennials. Also any climbers that have irrevocably parted company with their support. Otherwise, check all ties and supports.