Snowdrop Walks in February
Throughout February: Oxborough Hall. Daily 9.30am until 4pm (5pm from 14th).
Throughout February: Sheringham Park. Daily, dawn until dusk.
5 and 12 February: Lexham Hall. NGS. 11am until 4pm. £6. Pre-booking available.
19 February: Bagthorpe Hall. NGS. 11am until 4pm. £5. Pre-booking available.
26 February: Chestnut Farm. NGS. 11am until 4pm. £5. Pre-booking available.
Walsingham AbbeyPhoto: Jeff BB
Garden Tasks for February
Prune winter flowering shrubs such as winter jasmine and mahonia after they've finished flowering.
Prune buddleja and elder to the base to stop then getting leggy and to keep a good size.
Finish other winter pruning jobs if you haven't already (wisteria, rhododendron, roses, apples and pears etc)
Cut back ornamental grasses so that new growth will show.
Lift and divide snowdrops still 'in the green'. Some snowdrop experts prefer to divide in the summer, though the bulbs' locations obviously need to be well marked.
Prepare seed beds. Start to warm up the soil in preparation for sowing using fleece, polythene or cloches.
Cut back shrubs grown for their colourful winter stems, such as dogwoods (Cornus) and some willows (Salix cultivars). Cut down to their bases to encourage new shoots for next winter.
Start chitting early potatoes.
Trim hedges before the birds start nesting.
Divide congested clumps of herbaceous perennials.
Sow tender crops such as tomatoes and chillies in a heated propagator if you have one or use a warm windowsill.
Sow sweet peas in deep pots (ideally root trainers) and put them in a frost-free greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Autumn sown plants can be pinched out and potted on.
Sow summer bedding and tender annuals in pots and trays.