I need to write down what I have done in my garden in February. Otherwise, I won't believe later that I was able to do these garden chores which I usually do in March and April.
- General garden cleaning. Removing perennials and grass remnants left untouched in fall for winter interest.
- Gathering dry leaves left for plants' protection. The winter was so warm, they were not actually needed. The leaves go to the compost pile or get mixed with the old soil in the garden.
- Pruning berry bushes - raspberries, gooseberries, black carrants.
- Weeding and removing patches of grass for turning those areas into places for perennial planting.
- Unloading a composter and spreading compost under the plants.
- Digging up old strawberry plants.
-Clearing the back of the garden from blackberries and salal.
- Planting some perennials and grasses that were bought in containers last fall.
- Adding horse/chicken aged compost to vegetable beds.
- Winter sowing.
- Picking up zillions of pine cones and mess left by squirrels.
- Digging out crocosmia bulbs that took more time than any other job.
The following are the February blooms, some of them started to bloom in January (primrose, viola) and even in December (Hellebore):
Primulas (Primroses) are happy. I didn't forget to put slug baits around them, so nobody chews on their leaves:
Vinca minor (Creeping Myrtle, Periwinkle, Vinca) shows several blooms. Next year, I need to cut it low and clean since it's getting too tall and leggy.