Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

FEBRUARY

The early bulbs in bloom and the lighter evenings tell us that spring is just round the corner, in spite of continuing risks of sharp frosts.
TheIdrifts of snowdrops are the quintessential harbingers of spring – the more the better. Since they are difficult to grow from dry bulbs, the best way to increase the number of snowdrops in your garden is to divide them “in the green“, as demonstrated in this RHS video.

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pruning wisteria (winter) Prune back summer flowering clematis to buds 8–12 inches (20-30 cm) above the ground. This may seem drastic, but is necessary to promote strong new growth that will produce this year’s flowers.

Dahlia tubers stored over winter can be started into growth. Put them in a light, warm place with some compost, but not completely covered, to sprout before taking cuttings or potting up. Keep misting them with a spray-bottle of water to stop them drying out.

Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials left for winter interest or to provide seed for birds.
If this is left too late it will damage the new growth coming through.
Evergreen grasses just need tidying up, to comb out any dead material.

In contrast, the large-flowered clematis that bloom earlier in May-June will flower from the buds that are already there on last year’s growth. So limit any pruning to cutting back stem ends killed off over the winter: work down each stem from the top, cutting back to just above the highest healthy bud.

Prune deciduous hedges, if not already done, before birds start nesting next month.

Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens, such as Elaeagnus; otherwise the more vigorous green growth will dominate the variegated foliage.

Prune winter flowering jasmine as soon as the flowers have faded. This will give plenty of time for strong new shoots to develop to provide a good show of flowers next winter.

Place gladioli corms in seed trays or boxes and place in a light, warm spot around 10ºC (50ºF) to encourage them to sprout before planting. This will ensure an earlier display.

Cut off old leaves of hellebores that produce flowers from ground level (including Helleborus x hybridus and H. niger) to expose the flowers and remove possible foliar diseases such as hellebore leaf spot.

Fruit – Pollination Compatibility

Wildlife in the garden

If you are planting fruit trees

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Big Garden Birdwatch

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Where do butterflies
go in winter?

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Plants for Pollinators

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