I would love to earn a pound for every time I am asked ‘what do you do to keep yourself busy at this time of year’. This is a perfect time to get on top of the jobs in the garden ready for the spring rush. Granted snow and rain do cut short some days but crack on now and the garden wont run away from you.
Step out into the garden now and things are happening. Snowdrops are starting to appear, along with winter aconites and, those dreaded perennial weed seedlings. Helleborus orientalis, Mahonias and Viburnams are threatening to flower. Iris unguicularis have been flowering for several weeks in one client’s garden.
Yesterday, arriving at a garden having planned to prune vines, I was horrified to see the number of weeds that had popped up in my absence!
Now is the time, I do my own gardening! Frosty mornings are ideal for getting onto the soil before it gets all sticky…Granted pruning is a little tricky in this weather but best to get on with pruning vines, wisteria, apples and pears. Compost is on the veg beds waiting to feed those seedlings later in the year. One of the rhubarb crowns has a black plastic bucket over it to encourage those tender stems.
Once the frosts have cleared its a good time to move trees and shrubs that are in the wrong location, or you just fancy a change.
Make sure you have ordered your seeds as in no time at all, it will be time to get sowing.
An hour out in the February sunshine not only gives you a rosy glow, that log fire is even more appreciated!!