We have had some gorgeous weather recently and it feels like spring!
In my garden the roses and clematis are beginning to leaf out, the bluebells and daffodils are pushing their green tips through the earth and the violets are all blooming. Also blooming is my Hardenbergia vine (see photo below) which has threaded its delicate way along the trellis just outside our family room door. Every year this well behaved vine takes me by surprise with masses of wisteria-like purple flowers. I grow my Hardenbergia in a large pot so that I can monitor the watering. It does not like to have wet feet! This is the perfect vine if you are trying to create a water-wise "English" garden.
The earth is beginning to warm up and the daylight hours are getting longer.
February is the time to start thinking about planting and sowing seeds.
We are still in our rainy season and we will probably get more rain in February or March but anything you plant or sow now will benefit from the extra water. If you want to transplant or plant shrubs, perennials, grasses, fruit trees, citrus trees or roses, February is the month to do it! Get these plants into the ground while the weather is still nice and cool. They will experience very little stress and have time to establish themselves before the heat of summer.
Deciduous plants and trees, roses, fruit trees and any other disease prone plants need spraying this month for fungal diseases before their flowers emerge.
Feed your lawns, and patch bare spaces with seed amendments, Topper or, if you are old school, Steer Manure.
Finish clearing up old leaves and debris from under roses and deciduous trees.
If plants such as liriope and other blade-leaf plants look ragged you can shear them to the ground now and wait for their new leaves to grow.
If you don't know what you want to plant come in and talk to us about your garden requirements. Bring a photo of your garden space and we will give you our ideas.