December 

Zone 2

Cut back delphinium after first flowers to get a nice second bloom in autumn.

Keep cutting off your herbs to stop them going to flower.

Cut back all plants that has finished flowering.

Dead head roses to keep them flowering well.

Remove runners from strawberries and mulch well.

 Seedlings to plant in December 

Zone 2 to 5

Ageratum, Aster, Begonia, Californian poppy, Celosia, Cosmos, Dahlia, Impatiens, Nasturtium, Petunia, Phlox, Salvia and Verbena.

 Tip of the month : Spring flowering plants will benefit from a light pruning in summer.

January 

 Zones 2

Divide red hot pokers.

Cut back lavenders.

Cut off side shoots of Tomato’s.

Rejuvenate native shrubs by tip pruning to encourage growth.

Cover all fruit trees with nets to protect from birds.

Collect poppy seeds until Autumn to sow out.

 Seedlings to plant in January

Zone 2 to 5

Ageratum, Amaranthus, Aquilegia, Aster, Coleus, Dahlia, Gazania

Gerbera, Impatiens, Linaria, Mexican sunflowers, Nasturtium, Pansy,

 Phlox, Poppy, Primula,Rudbeckia, Stock, Swan River Daisy, Sweet pea

 and  wallflower. Plus seedlings that can be planted in all Zones : Alyssun, Marigold,

Petunia, Portulaca, Salvia, Verbena, Zinnia, Vinca and Begonia.

 

Tip of the month

Cut your lawn about 5cm long

This longer length helps to lessen the amount of water required to keep it alive …….

February

Zone 2

 Order spring bulbs.

Replenish mulch.

Sow autumn veggies.

Cut off flower heads on hydrangeas and agapanthus.

Cut back and fertilize delphiniums and lupins after flowering.

 

Seedlings to plant of February 

Zone 2 to 5

Ageratum, Antirrhinum, Aquilegia, Aster, Begonia, Bellis, Calendula, Candytuft, Canterbury bells, Cineraria, Cornflowers, Delphinium, Nemesia, Pansy, Penstemon, Phlox, Poppy, Primula, Salvia, Statice, Stock, Sweet pea and wallflower. Plus seedlings that can be planted in any Zone: Marigolds.

 

Tip of the month

The hot months are our peak times for fungal growth such as black spot and powdery mildew in roses. To help keep them at bay, water early in the mornings and on the soil only.