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    Almond blossom (Prunus dulcis) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
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    Red-barked Dogwood (Cornus alba) © Ita
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    Primroses (Primula vulgaris) © Ita
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February is a good month to catch up on pruning while plants are still dormant. Prune Summer-flowering deciduous shrubs such as Buddleia and Winter-flowering shrubs once they have finished blooming such as Mahonia and Winter-flowering Jasmine.
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Protect from frost the blossom of early flowering fruit trees such as peaches and almonds but ensure pollinating insects can reach the flowers otherwise it will be necessary to hand pollinate.
Prune roses as the new growth is beginning to appear, so as to remove dead wood and encourage the development of strong and healthy stems. Mulch them afterwards to help stop weeds and retain moisture as the soil begins to warm up.
There are significant signs of Spring during February. Snowdrops that started flowering in January can still be seen often mixed with the yellow flowers of Winter aconites. The leaves of many plants will be starting to push through the soil such as Wild garlic also known as Ransoms, leaves of Bluebells, Lesser celandine, Primroses and Nettles amongst others.
The Hazel tree will have produced their long yellow tassels laden with pollen. Look closely to see the tiny pinkish-red female flowers that will catch pollen from the male catkins when the wind disperses it. The maroon and yellow Alder catkins also appear this month.The tree can be identified as it still bears its cones.
Ivy berries will have ripened and turned black and also look out for the remaining hips on Dog roses and the black berries of Wild privet.

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