2019

February never disappoints. Brrrrr.

Snow up to a good few inches and frozen ground mean there is very little you can do in the garden. But do please remember our poor cold feathered friends – fresh water and bird food are both lifesavers to them during a chilly snap.
 
There are two delays that you want to take into consideration:
 
Firstly delayed delivery; it will be extremely difficult for carriers to deliver plants, but rest assured that your plants will be fine with us. Just remember that no money is taken from your card until right before delivery.
 
Secondly delayed planting; you can’t plant when your ground is frozen, you can store your plants in a cold place, not indoors nor in direct sunlight and wait until the ground is soft enough.
 
You can still order online and ask for a preferred delivery week; reserve your plants before they sell out and keep your place in the queue.
 
Here is some great plant advice on the weather conditions we’re having, and a video on the dos and don'ts of looking after bare-root plants in freezing weather.
 
Let’s hope the weather improves and in the meanwhile sit back, keep warm, relax at home and have a look at hints and tips for February.

 
PLANT OF THE MONTH

Snowdrops – order them now ‘in the green’

Don’t despair if you didn’t get round to planting snowdrop bulbs last autumn. It’s actually better to plant them (and bluebells and aconites) now whilst they’re ‘in the green’ – i.e. in leaf. Plus you see where you’ve put them so no nasty surprises on the geo-design front next year.
Do order whilst we still have stock and plant away for future glory – we think there’s little to beat a drift of snowdrops nodding in wintry gardens to cheer the spirits and remind us spring is on the way.
ORDER YOUR SNOWDROPS NOW ▷
JULIAN’S TOP TIP
 
Once the freeze has passed and as long as the ground is not sodden, February’s the best time to plant bare-rooted trees (including fruit trees), hedging, shrubs, roses and soft fruit.

As temperatures begin to rise and the soil drains and warms, so plants get off to a flying start. Dig a generously sized hole, add plenty of organic matter, a dollop of Rootgrow, stake on the windward side of trees and tall shrubs to prevent windrock and watch and wait…  
FEBRUARY IS FABULOUS FOR:

Pruning wisteria, late-flowering clematis, jasmines, bush roses, coloured-leaved and winter-flowering shrubs, summer-flowering shrubs that flower on new wood and the old stems of herbaceous perennials. (Just don't prune on a freezing day).
Oh and don’t forget to cut back autumn-fruiting raspberries to the ground and summer-flowering ones to just above a bud. And whilst you’re thinking raspberries, why not plant a few more canes? Someone famous once said you can never be too thin, too rich or have too many raspberries (or did we make that last bit up?).
BUY YOUR RASPBERRY CANES NOW ▷
SWEET PEAS - AMAZING FREE OFFER
 
We’re proud to say our range of sweet pea seedlings is one of the widest in the UK. They’re hardier than most having been sown and grown in Victorian boarding school conditions in the autumn (unheated polytunnels) plus they flower earlier than spring sown plants.

And if you order them this year for the first time, we will send you the same plants again next spring, completely free. No catch. So order now and don’t fall victim to Wimbledon ticket ballot syndrome. 
ORDER YOUR SWEET PEAS NOW ▷
AND ON TO VALENTINE’S DAY…

How about a new take on an old poem? ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, a rose hedge is lovely and so are you’ may not cut the mustard on the literary or romantic front, but a rose hedge really is a thing of beauty. We particularly like Rosa de Rescht with its bold pink double blooms, glorious scent and abundant repeat flowering.
Any rose would make a perfect present, but for those who love a splash of colour in winter gardens, we’d recommend Rosa rugosa for its sensational bright red hips and Rosa moyesii for its graceful flask-shaped ‘false fruits’. As Vita Sackville-West wrote of the last, ‘If ever a plant reflected….the delicacy, lyricism and design of a Chinese drawing, Rosa moyesii is that plant’. Who could resist?
BUY YOUR ROSES NOW ▷
JOBS FOR FEBRUARY
 
For the self-improvers, new year's resolutioners and punishment gluttons amongst you, here is a full list of jobs for February that you might at least like to think about... Doing is better of course - remember that work done now pays dividends. Beautiful summer gardens are made in winter. No pain, no gain. Hey ho. Read more...
Hedging Plants
Roses
Gardening Gifts
Fruit Trees
Climbers
Accessories
Garden Trees
Cosmos
Sweet Peas
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