February

In The Flower Garden In February

Prune winter-flowering shrubs such as winter jasmine and heathers, once they have finished flowering.

Sprinkle slow-release fertiliser around the bottom of roses and other flowering shrubs.

Prune late-summer flowering clematis now. Cut stems back to the healthy buds roughly 30 cm from the base.

When snowdrops have finished flowering, any congested lumps can be lifted and divided. They can then be planted while they are still in leaf (in the green).

If you have any deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, cut it back now before fresh shoots appear.

Top Tip:
Remove any faded flowers from container grown winter pansies and violas. Deadheading like this encourages more flowers to grow in the spring!

 

This Month's Key Tips
  • Remove any faded flowers from container grown winter pansies and violas. Deadheading like this encourages more flowers to grow in the spring!
  • Finish pruning fruit trees and soft fruits, including apples, autumn raspberries and blackcurrants.
  • Chit first-early potato tubers now. Stand them in trays (egg trays work well) in a frost-free place with lots of light.
  • Install a nest box with a camera. You can watch birds raising their broods in the spring!
  • If your pond has frozen, make a hole in the ice. Toxic gases can build up in the water which can kill wildlife hibernating at the bottom.