Welcome to the Sunday Gardener
February, and it is still cold, frosty damp and raining, with just a tinge of spring in the air. Plenty of time for planning the garden and veg plot from the comfort of a warm armchair.
If there is a mild spell, time to check the greenhouse and open the vents, and let the air in. The main problem overwintering plants is not so much the cold, but the still and damp air which causes Botrytis, grey mold.
One of the earliest flowering Clematis, C. cirrhosa 'Freckles' an evergreen winter flowering variety which needs to be planted in a sheltered spot with some winter protection. Clematis flower all the year round and there are many varieties to choose from, including as patio plants.
Flowering Wisteria may seem a long way away, but February is the time to winter prune wisteria. And pruning is key to getting Wisteria to flower. Lots of tips and video advice on pruning and growing Wisteria.
Spring bulbs are starting to flower. Although snowdrops are one of the earliest bulbs, the warm winter means that daffodils are already in bloom in many more sheltered areas. There are a great variety of spring bulbs and tips on why bulbs don't flower.
Check out the newsletter with information on visiting that great bulb garden, Keukenhof near Amsterdam in Holland.
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More than ever gardening is about being greener and helping wildlife. Ideas about wildlife friendly plants and plants for bees and butterflies which are easy to grow and will ensure your garden has a buzz.