Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultuiral Society
Purple flowers of Iris reticulata

A short selection of things to do in the garden at this time, also published each month in the Lavant News

February (to return to March, click on the camellia to the right).

On winter pansies, watch out for downy mildew and black spot.. Remove infected leaves and destroy badly affected plants. To avoid the build-up of diseases, do not to plant pansies in the same place every year Continue to deadhead the pansies and they will carry on flowering into spring and even to early summer.

Iris reticulata

Cut back deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials left for winter interest or to provide seed for birds. Be careful not to damage any new growth that might already be coming through at the base.

Prune winter-flowering jasmine as soon as the flowers have faded. This will give plenty of time for strong new shoots to develop to provide a good show of flowers next winter.

Prune back summer flowering clematis to buds 8–12 inches (20-30 cm) above the ground. This may seem drastic, but is necessary to promote strong new growth that will produce this year’s flowers.

In contrast, the large-flowered clematis that bloom earlier in May-June will flower from the buds that are already there on last year’s growth. So limit any pruning to removing ends of stems killed off over the winter; work down each stem from the top, cutting back to just above the highest healthy bud.

Dahlia tubers stored over winter can be started into growth. Put them in a light, warm place to sprout before taking cuttings or potting up. Mist with water to stop them drying out.

At the end of the month prune back the stems of pot-grown fuchsias, which are overwintering under cover, and place in a well-lit, warm place to encourage new growth.

Late winter is a good time for pruning roses, before the new season's growth takes off.

If not already done, cut deciduous hedges before birds start to nest next month.

Place gladioli bulbs in seed trays or boxes and place in a light, warm spot around 10ºC (50ºF) to encourage them to sprout before planting. This will ensure an earlier display.

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