What a difference a year makes. This time last year, we had just experienced the wettest February on record with three named storms coming through – a pretty hideous time indeed. This February, however, was much kinder to the garden, despite a few wet days and a cold snap that lasted a couple of weeks. Though gardeners tend to moan more on the chilly days, spring bulbs actually need a period of cold in order to start their annual process of re-growth, referred to as ‘vernalisation’. The warmer few days at the end of February will really have given them a boost and as the snowdrops, crocus and Iris reticulata start to fade, daffodils, tulips and herbaceous plants will come to the fore. With daphnes and ornamental quince flowering as well, it’s all becoming rather exciting out there.
It is my sincere belief that gardening is good for the soul, mental health, fitness and overall wellbeing. Last weekend, I had so many calls and messages from friends and clients telling me how wonderful it was getting into their gardens in the sunshine. I may be out in gardens every day of my working life (which I am very grateful for), but actually getting into my own garden these past few Saturdays has been fabulous!
The thing is about spending time in your garden is that you notice all the things that need doing. Here is a guide to some early spring tasks: