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    Persian/Ruffled cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) © Ita McCobb
  • Bunch-flowered daffodils (Narcisus poeticus) © Ita McCobb
  • Long-flowered crocus (Crocus longiflorus ) © Ita McCobb
  • Cloth-of-gold crocus (Crocus augustifolius) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
Vegetable plot
Although it may be cold outside it is a good idea to get ahead for early sowing (e.g. broad beans, hardy salad leaves, carrots and peas) by warming up the soil. This can be done by covering it with fleece, plastic sheeting or cloches.
Cut back, to just above ground level, ornamental deciduous grasses that have been left uncut during the Winter and are starting to look messy. Take care to avoid any new shoots that are beginning to appear. Carefully remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.
February and March are good months for planting bare root roses as their roots will not have to endure a whole Winter of cold and wet. Prune any roses that have not already been pruned, before new shoots start to appear and give them a feed and mulch.
Currently there are not many wild flowers in bloom, however Snowdrops and the bright yellow flowers of Winter aconites are still widespread. One plant flowering this month that has been cultivated for centuries but is a scarce British native is, Daphne mezereum. It can be found in chalky woodlands and has fragrant, pink flowers on bare stems.
Signs of approaching Spring can be seen with more green leaf buds appearing. The golden pollen-laden tassels of Hazel/Cobnut catkins will be more widespread as will the maroon catkins of Filbert nuts and the yellow and maroon catkins of Alders start to appear.
Most berries will have disappeared so birds will eat any ripe Ivy berries particularly if the weather is cold.

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