06 February 2019 by Dr Jane Bingham
Jane’s February News
Our February gardens are beginning to wake up. The days are getting longer and the sun is slightly higher in the sky. Buds are plumping up and ready to burst and strong young shoots are pushing their way up from underground. Bulbous plants like Snowdrops, Irises and Winter aconites are early risers and will be fully awake in February, flowering their socks off!
New Arrivals at The Mains of Drum
Perk up your patio with pots of dwarf, early-flowering bulbs such as cheery Daffodils, Iris, Crocus, Tulips, Hyacinths and numerous others in an array of jewel-like colours. Many have a delightful fragrance to enjoy as well.
Gently transfer potted bulbs into your own pots and containers or plant out into garden borders. You can also enjoy these bulbs indoors in a cool room or conservatory.
If you can’t wait for your roses to bloom in summer, choose Camellias. Their early-season flowers are as lovely as roses. They also have the benefit of year-round dark, glossy, evergreen leaves.
For best results grow Camellias in a sheltered spot in dappled shade. Avoid an east-facing position as the rising sun can harm frosted buds. Camellias thrive in acid soil; such plants are called Ericaceous plants.
Elegant and devine, Hellebore flowers shine out from the gloom of a shady border in late winter and early spring. We have a stunning selection, including the renown Harvington Hellebores, in a huge range of colours.
Remove old tatty leaves to make way for the flowers and new growth, and to help prevent the spread of disease.
Pot-grown Soft fruit and Rhubarb
Plant now when the weather is mild. If you are short of space, grow your soft fruit in containers. There are many varieties suitable for this, for example, Patio Raspberries and Blackberries, Blueberries and Strawberries.
Sprinkle sulphate of potash around soft fruit and fruit trees to encourage plenty of flowers and a bumper crop of fruit later in the year. Fork it in lightly and cover with a mulch of well-rotted garden compost.