This warm and wet winter is confusing our winter-flowering plants into performing earlier. Have you noticed how the first cheerful flowers of snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are breaking through January’s gloom?
The hard, cold frosts may still arrive in February and March, but there are promising signs that the garden is coming to life again and it is definitely time to get outdoors!
Here are a few things to tackle this month:
– Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges such as beech and hornbeam
– Finish off cutting back perennial and deciduous ornamental grasses that have been left uncut over the winter, getting the beds ready for mulching.
– Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
– Regularly deadhead pansies and primulas along with other winter/spring bedding plants
– Start pruning hybrid tea and floribunda roses, but only if the weather is mild enough – otherwise wait until March
Happy gardening, keep warm!
Anne Fraser and Caroline Streets
07729 835988 / 07930 876348