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February 2019 Gardening Tips

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FEBRUARY 2019

HELLEBORUS

    This is the time of year to shop for Helleborus orientalis and their hybrids while they are blooming, so you can get the flower colors you desire. It’s also time to prune to the ground all the leaves from the prior year on established plants so that this year’s flowers can put on the best show. The old leaves are large and dark green. New light green leaves will soon fill in again but the old leaves can look tattered at this time of year and need to go.

    Placement of Hellebores can be tricky because the flowers face downwards (called nodding). If you have a spot in your garden where they can grow at eyelevel or above this is ideal. Hellebores have such interesting looking leaves that even if you plant them at ground level they add a special touch to your design all year long. Hellebores prefer dappled shade.

    February 2019
    Gardening Checklist*
    What to SHOP for . . .
    Checkbox Annuals - Primrose (perennial used as annual), Bellis perennis.
    Checkbox Perennials - Hellebores, Rhubarb, Cyclamen.
    Checkbox Shurbs and Trees - Podocarpus, Pieris japonica, Camellia, Sarcococca, Dodonaea, Rhododendron, Daphne, Citrus (protect from frost). Shop for Magnolias when just starting to bloom to get the color you desire.
    Checkbox Bulbs - Spring Planted, Summer Flowering bulbs: Dahlia, Liatris spicata, Gladiolus, Crocosmia.
    Checkbox Seeds - California poppies, Flander's Poppies, Larkspur.
       
    Tasks to do . . .
    Checkbox Pruning - Finish pruning roses. For good pest management, remember to clean up all the old leaves in, under and around roses. Buddleja davidii (Butterfly Bush) blooms on new growth. For the best show, prune down to 12 to 15 inches, removing older stems at ground level to encourage the plant to push new stems from the roots. If your plant has never been pruned this way it may have a huge trunk now, prune down the thinner stems to the trunk section, leaving 6 or 8 inches of the smaller stems. Berberis can be pruned this month. Watch The Gardening Tutor video on How to Prune Berberis. Prune Spiraea japonica by at least half to encourage a full plant (can be pruned to 6 inches). Extra: Watch The Gardening Tutor video How to Prune a Climbing Rose
    Checkbox Pest Management - Camellias can suffer from petal blight, a reoccurring fungal disease. If all the blossoms turn brown soon after opening there's a good chance it is petal blight. On healthy Camellias, keeping spent and fallen blossoms cleaned up right away can help the plant stay healthy. It is difficult to cure petal blight once established. Winter veggies infestations of aphids can be managed with a strong spray of water to knock the aphids off, step up to insecticidal soap when water is not enough to manage the population.
    Checkbox Weeding - Manage weeds now to make spring planting more fun! Watch The Gardening Tutor video, Weeds How they Grow and How to Manage them. When weeding around seedlings or root vegetables use snips to cut out the weeds below the soil surface instead of pulling them, which can pull up your veggies too.
    Checkbox Bulbs - This is the time of year to buy summer flowering bulbs that are planted now. Choose bulbs that are heavy for their size and blemish free.
    Free printable . . .
      Looking for a way to stay organized in your garden?
    Download this Free Printable Gardening Checklist* and you’ll be amazed how inspired you’ll feel!
    Let us know how you’re doing. You can do it!
    Remember, this printable was created as a short list of tasks with minimal information. If you would like more in-depth information,
    you can always refer back to the checklist above each month for more details.
     

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