1Plant up lily bulbs
Lily bulbs can be planted in pots, for flowers this summer. After growing on in a cool greenhouse, they can be moved on to the patio when in flower.
2Keep tender plants covered
Check on tender plants overwintering outdoors to make sure protective coverings are still in place.
3Prune summer-flowering deciduous shrubs
Many summer-flowering deciduous shrubs can be pruned now – those that flower on the current year’s growth, including Buddleja davidii, Ceratostigma, Hydrangea paniculata, Lavatera, Leycesteria, Perovskia, hardy fuchsias, and deciduous Ceanothus.
4Make a new pond
You could dig a new pond. Have a minimum depth of 60cm (2ft) at the deepest point, to reduce the risk of the pond freezing totally. Gently sloping contours between the shallow and deep areas, and between the bank and the water, are more wildlife-friendly.
5Make sure seedlings are well lit
If you do have any seedlings and/or cuttings in the greenhouse, make sure they are getting the maximum light available, or else they will become weak and leggy. If necessary, turn them once a day so that they get light on both sides. This will stop them leaning over towards the light, and keep them upright and compact. New month, new jobs… for more on what to do now, visit https://www.mandycanudigit.com/jobs/february-gardening-jobs/