February is a difficult month to predict. Years ago in my previous garden I would have started to mow the lawn the end of the month but in Perthshire things are much different. Especially when it comes to February garden flowers. Sometimes winter doesn’t even arrive here until February. This past week alone we’ve seen rain, sleet, snow and frost along with a few little glimpses of sunshine. It’s been wet … very wet though we’re not building an ark just yet despite living on a flood plain. So many further south have been affected badly by the floods … we’ve been very fortunate this time.It’s great that the daylight hours are getting longer and there are signs of spring all around the garden. Plump buds are appearing on the bare stems while fresh green leaves hug the sodden soil
… every time I go through my back door I can faintly smell the Sarcococca. Get up close and personal and the tiny insignificant white flowers really smell superb. Though bring a sprig with 5 or 6 flowers indoors and the smell can be much too overpowering in a room!
This time last year for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day we were covered in snow. This year it’s not much different though everything is flowering earlier. The clumps of lenten roses are looking great at the moment with their nodding dark pink flowers. This photo below was taken a few days ago when I managed to get out with the camera during a brief dry spell of weather.
February Garden Flowers
|February garden flowers – Lenten roses|
I’ve lots of coloured primroses in flower but there’s nothing quite like the little pale yellow ones. They remind me of childhood days wandering down ‘The Fairy Glen’ and finding the wild ones growing in the hedgerows.
Primula vulgaris ‘Emily’ grows in little clumps all around the gardens and I really like the combination of this yellow primrose intermingling with the Stipa grass. I’ll be moving a few more clumps of these little primroses next to the Stipa grasses over the next few weeks.
|February garden flowers – Primula vulgaris ‘Emily|
Just in case you’ve never heard of Primrose Replant Disease – Monty Don advices that if you’re moving fresh primroses or polyanthus into a planted container it’s best to add fresh new compost as the new plants won’t thrive in compost that previous primroses have been grown in for a long time.
Winter Flowering Shrubs
More of the Hamamelis | witch hazel shrubs are starting to bloom. Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ was featured in last months post The Winter Garden Flowers and is still in flower today. While the new flowers in February are from the Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ and Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’.
|February garden flowers – Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ – left
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Orange Beauty’ – right
These shrubs are still young and quite small and won’t make much of a colour impact in the winter garden for a few more years.
It’s hard to photograph flowers when the weather is so awful. Recently I’ve been cutting a few flowers and bringing them indoors to enjoy on my kitchen windowsill. It’s much easier to photograph them indoors under a macro lens. I can control the light and don’t have strong winds and sleet to contend with.
The Winter Flowering Bulbs and Corms
|February garden flowers – Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’|
Iris reticulata ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ has already started to flower and it has such pretty blue and yellow flowers.
|February garden flowers – Galanthus nivalis | Single snowdrop|
Little single snowdrops are in flower all over our hedgerows as well as in the garden. All of this wet weather doesn’t deter them as they like damp conditions. This year they don’t really need their natural antifreeze qualities to break through the soil as it’s sodden.
|Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis ‘Tricolor’|
These tricolour crocus are one of my favourites of the season with their scented and colourful blooms.
The nodding flowers from the Cyclamen | Sow bread are in full bloom at the moment and their tiny little flowers brighten up the shadier areas of the garden. They too don’t seem to mind the rain. Their natural habitat is in high rainfall areas of the Caucasus and they don’t like to be too dry during the summer months.
The Winter Flowering Herbaceous Perennials
Many of the hellebores have started to flower including this one that I’ve taken with me every time we’ve moved house. It was originally from my granddads garden and now many of its offspring have crossed with the dark pink lenten roses and have much pinker petals. While below is a picotee type hellebore that I bought a few years ago.
|Hellebore Anemone Picotee|
Today in the garden Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Rubra’ along with pink and white Erica carnea heather are also in flower. I’ve no photos of these just yet as it’s a bit too cold to be venturing out just yet and I’m much too comfortable here on the sofa.
Finally here’s an early morning snapshot of the wintry back garden this morning 15th February 2014. It’s not very clear but if you look just above the blue arch to the right you’ll see the 9 foot Witch hazel ‘Jelena’ in flower. This is just a small section of the garden that I photograph from the same position nearly every month of the year. You can see much more of the garden here: The leavesnbloom garden.
|the garden in February|
What’s in bloom in your garden today?