“Surely as cometh the winter, I know
There are spring violets, under the snow.”
– R H Newell
Winter is ending and great carpets of snowdrops are swathing gardens and woodland across the country. The days are visibly lengthening and spring is getting ready to burst forth. February may be the month of love but it can also be one of the coldest months. So, thank goodness it is so short and March is just around the corner. The gardening year begins!
There’s only 28 days in which to complete February’s gardening jobs so make the most of any fine weather. Come March it will be full on!
Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:
- Sow sweet peas now so that come summer you can fill the house with both colour and scent
- Move any shrubs that are simply in the wrong place
- Perennials and ornamental grasses that you left for winter interest can be cut back now
- Order plug plants for summer colour. See below for details of our Pick & Mix offer
- For early veg sow now in pots under glass, ready to plant out when spring arrives
- Turn your patch of snowdrops into a stunning drift for next year by buying now and planting in the green
- Order summer bulbs from our February catalogue – available from 15th February
- If you have snow then use a broom or similar to knock it off any shrubs, small trees, cold frames and cloches. Otherwise, once it freezes the weight may cause them to break
- Pot up over-wintered dahlia tubers so that they can start this season’s growth
- This is your last chance to clean tools, seed trays and pots. Come March you’ll be needing them aplenty!
Pick & Mix
If you haven’t already taken advantage of the Pick & Mix offer on our bedding plants, then you’d best get cracking. The offer closes on 13th February. It’s the most economical way to fill your beds, baskets and containers with colour for the summer ahead. How does it work? It couldn’t be more straightforward – you buy two packs of plants and get the third for FREE! Please just make sure the three packs are of the same plant size.
What better way to spend a gloomy February day than thinking ahead to summer? Our sensational range of summer bulbs will be available from the middle of the month. When making your selection remember to include some that will make good cut flowers. Filling the house with blooms from the garden is one summer’s many joys and so much cheaper than buying them!
There are over 250 cultivars of galanthus or snowdrops and February is the time to spot them. Many gardens open this month specially to show off their snowy drifts. If you are lucky enough to live in Devon, then not only can you walk through swathes of snowdrops at RHS Rosemoor but you can also visit their exhibition of original snowdrop artwork. To find a snowdrop garden near you visit http://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk/seasonal/snowdrops.html
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