This Month


Snowdrop Walks in February


If you are interested in identifying snowdrop species this botanical key (PDF) is very good.

Walsingham Abbey

Photo: 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.

JeffIf you think there is something that should be added to this month's events or to-do list, please let me know.
Robin on a post

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