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February

Garden Highlights

BULBS: Chionodoxa spp. (glory of the snow), Crocus sieberi, Galanthus spp (snowdrop), Iris reticulata, Narcissus, Scilla sibirica

PERENNIALS: Helleborous niger, Iris unguicularis, Primula

CLIMBERS: Jasminium nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine)

SHRUBS: Camellia sasanqua, Corylopsis pauciflora (buttercup winter hazel), Erica carnea (winter heath), Hamamelis (witch hazel), Mahonia japonica, Rhododenderon varieties, Sarcococca

TREES: Prunus subhirtella 'Autumnalis' (autumn flowering cherry), Prunus 'Pissardi Nigra' (flowering plum)

Checklist

Annuals, perennials and bulbs

• order seeds and start seed flats under glass. Sweet peas can be sown outside
• pot up cuttings taken from overwintered geraniums and water sparingly
• clean up flower beds and put debris in the compost pile, except for leaves from diseased plants, such as rose leaves with black spot
• cultivate the soil and weed thouroughly
• lift and divide perennials, taking care no to damage new shoots
• plant lily bulbs when they are available
• deadhead early flowering bulbs after blooming. Snowdrops can be moved or divided after flowering.

Trees, Shrubs and Climbers

• finish pruning ornamental trees and spray with dormant oil if not already done.
• prune summer flowering shrubs that flower on this years wood, e.g. hardy fuchsia, and butterfly bush
• prune summer flowering clematis and make sure lattice and suports are in good order before growth commences
• feed hydrangeas with well rotted compost or manure
• plant trees and shrubs in good weather. Lightly fork soil under established hedges and give a light dressing of a general fertilizer, bone meal or well rotted compost or manure

Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

• complete pruning of fruit trees and spray with dormant oil and lime sulpher if not already done
• plant new bush and cane fruits and prune existing ones. Feed with well rotted compost or manure
• sow annual seeds in flats and sow parsley outdoors
• prepare vegetable beds by working in plenty of compost or manure
• Early salad crops can be sown under glass in a cold frame, and broad beans, leeks, radishes and shallots can be sown outside at the end of the month.
• Cultivate and enrich the soil in areas you plan to use in spring
• Plant garlic, shallots and over wintering onions

Lawns

• apply dolomite lime to lawn at end of the month
• prepare ground now if new lawns are to be sown in the next few months

 

 

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