End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017


End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017

The weather in February started off quite balanced, and reasonable, but ended with a blast by Storm Doris, who helped herself to several fence panels, and the felt off my shed roof, but did leave me with someone’s tent, 2 parts of a plastic Christmas Tree and an empty shoebox.

The rainfall in February amounted to 70mm which is on par with the past several February’s, however for 2017 most of the rain arrived over just a few days.

My Spring bulbs have finally started to appear, and they are a very welcome sign that we are getting through the winter months.

Narcissus tete a tete

Last year I purchase quite a lot of Tulip bulbs of many different colours, I don’t bother planting them in the ground any more as they rarely survive, possibly due to the saturated winter ground.  I’ve used  several of my late Grandmothers big, old Terracotta pots, and stuffed each one unreasonably full with bulbs in the hope of a jolly good, colourful display.

Tulips are go.

Tulips are go.

I’ve got an early sowing of Sweet Peas ready to be pinched out and hardened off.

Sweet Peas are also go.

Sweet Peas are also go.

Half the sowing were from a freebie packet off a Gardening Magazine, and the other half of the sowing were my own saved seeds from last years plants of Sweet Pea Wiltshire Ripple, The theory being seed saved from UK plants will have thinner seed coatings and germinate more readily…. unlike many shop bought seeds which are grown in California and have very thick seed coatings, leading to germination problems, so far my own seeds have 100% germination, so, so far so good. However if they turn out to resemble Wiltshire Ripple remains to be seen.

I’m delighted to report that my skip rescued Tree Fern has not only survived the winter extremely well, but has also started a bit of new growth…..

Tree Fern showing signs of life.

Tree Fern showing signs of life.

It’s still housed in a cold greenhouse with my shop bought Tree Fern, but all being well this time next month I’ll place it out into the garden for the summer.

Elsewhere in the garden….

My Edgeworthia has also gotten through the winter and has burst into bloom a little earlier than I expected, it smells gorgeous, but only if you bend right down and poke your nose into the flowers…

Edgeworthia in bloom.

The Edible Bit…

Towards the end of Feb I undertook a bit of tentative seed sowing.

Some Chilli Peppers, Capsicums, and I also started off some of my vast collection of Heritage/Heirloom Tomatoes for this year.

So far I’ve got 18 different varieties of Tomatoes on the go, just a few are F1 Hybrids so I won’t save seed from them, but the vast majority will be fine for seed saving. More about that another day. I don’t actually have room for 18 varieties as yet, so there may be random plantings in pots in the front garden as well as locations around the back garden as well as in the greenhouses.

In the Ground, my Autumn plantings of Garlic are all up, so far i’m pleased with its progress.

Garlic Solent Wight

Garlic Solent Wight

And finally….

 February is an ideal month to clean out any Bird Nesting Boxes you have.

So I climbed up my ladder and brought down from the side of the house my Sparrow Terrace nestbox for a good clean out in preparation for the 2017 breeding season.

You wouldn’t believe how mucky those pretty looking House Sparrows can be.

The bottom of the box opens for easy cleaning.

The bottom of the box opens for easy cleaning.

The left hand section appeared to be used to nest in, the center section appears to be the toilet and the far right section looked like it was used to store spare feathers in.

A good scrape, scrub and plenty of boiling water later it was fitted back onto the side of the house all ready to go.

Until next time, bye for now.

Thanks go as ever to Helen, The Patient Gardener for hosting this meme.

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4 thoughts on “End of Month View of the Garden: End of February 2017

  1. First signs of spring growth looking good! I’m sowing my own collected sweetpea seed this year for the first time, and I didn’t know that about the hard casing – how interesting. I am sowing them alongside some new seed, so looking forward to seeing the results side by side. How fascinating to have a peek into the sparrow house and see their organisation of feather storage, loo etc!

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  2. I am trying Wiltshire Ripple this year at The Farm, glad I am in good company! I feel the same way about tulips, it isn’t worth the heartache growing them in the ground, I always spear them later in the year anyway. Love your grandmothers pots!

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  3. I have found that the reason my tulip bulbs disappeared from the ground was because they were eaten by rodents. Probably the same that ate all my Swiss chards’ roots from the veggie garden last summer: the plants died out one by one and there was a tunnel underneath connecting the whole row. Surprisingly they didn’t touch any of the fat beetroots in the next bed???

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