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February News - Spring Flowers

Saturday, February 29, 2020

February weather has been rather wild – windy, cold and we‘ve seen dramatic rainfall and flooding. However we see coming signs of spring each day – it’s so exciting to see green shoots pushing through bare earth, and the delicate petals of snowdrops and crocuses, closely followed by early daffodils. There’s such a magic to see the spring bulbs pushing up and reminding us that the earth is waking up. In the gardens this month it’s a good time to keep tidying up beds, clearing early weeds, and tending to winter bedding plants to prolong their colour. And enjoy exploring London’s parks, RHS Wisley and Kew Gardens to see spring emerging.

 

Plantwatch

Look out for...

Snowdrops – the first flowers of the year, they are tiny winter treasures to be found in parks, woods and gardens, varying shades of narrow green leaves paired with fresh winter white petals

snowdrops in bare earth

Crocuses – in pastel and bright shades of yellow, lilac, purple and white, the goblet shaped flowers enjoy full sun and can often be found beneath deciduous trees

purple crocus in spring

Daffodils – considered the ‘heralds of spring‘, the many varieties of cheery bright yellow, lemon and white flowers grow well in containers, beds or in grass

yellow and white daffodils

Good time to...

Prune evergreen hedges and tidy up deciduous hedges

Cut back and tidy grasses

Prune wisteria and buddleia

Gardens in the news

The best places to see spring flowers

Wander and explore any of London’s eight Royal Parks. Also see their self-guided walks using maps, apps and music to navigate around and learn more about these beautiful city spaces.

RHS Wisley is celebrating spring flowers with a series of events. The Spring Plant Fair is on 20-22 March, followed by the Early Daffodil Competition on 24-25 March. Plus The Daffodil Show on 7-8 April.

Kew Gardens is beautiful year round and its spring bulb displays will be an uplifiting sight. It also has a daily guided tour of signs of spring in the gardens.

Plant facts – Snowdrops

snowdrops in grass

  • Snowdrops are grouped under the genus Galanthus (from the Greek for milk flower). The variety nivalis means ‘of the snow‘.
  • If you take the time to look at snowdrops up close, you’ll see they come in more varieties than you realise, such as twin-flowered, green-tipped, and giant snowdrops. Each variety is quite different and each delicate and pretty in its own way.
  • Often used in art and literature as a symbol of spring and purity.
  • They are hardy plants that like partial shade and work well under trees, in beds and even in containers.

 

 

 

Company news

Seasonal tidy-up and new planting in a Wimbledon garden.

New Lonicera nitida hedging planted at residential maintenance site in Wimbledon.

 

Do please feel free to contact us to discuss any of your gardening needs

Best wishes

Toby and The Urban Gardeners team