February

As daylight hours increase there is plenty of planting to do to get you outside: 

  • Plant spring flowering perennials such as alstromeria, coral bells, campanula, euryops, and perennial dianthus.
  • Set out summer flowering bulbs like amaryllis, calla, canna, dahlia, gladiolus, lily, tuberose, tuberous begonia, and tiger flower.
  • Divide snowdrops after flowering.
  • Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover.
  • Set apricots, nectarines and peaches to grow in the Greenhouse and protect the blossom.
  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
  • Fertilize spring-blooming flowers and fall-planted annuals and perennials.
  • Finish pruning cane berries, deciduous fruit trees, grapes, roses, and wisteria by mid-month.
  • Prune evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges.
  • Check the Greenhouse glass is still sturdy after high winds and clean out accumulated rubbish etc before spring.
  • Start shopping for early spring flowering shrubs and vines, such as Carolina Jessamine, daphne, azalea, camellia, and early rhododendrons.