February might still be very cold in Hampshire but the days are getting noticeably brighter and longer. Spring bulbs are starting to appear, with Snowdrops now being in bloom and the occasional daffodil starting to emerge.
Gardening jobs aren’t too dissimilar to January. You still have time to prune your roses, fruit trees and wisterias. Deciduous shrubs can still be cut back to the desired shape and your garden birds will still appreciate their feeders and water bowls being topped up daily.
An additional job we can now start with as we’ve moved into February is one that really tells us Spring isn’t too far away, and that’s sowing seeds. Whilst a lot of seeds prefer to be sown in a month or two, some can be started now, Matt has been busy and has already sown Sunflowers, Zinnia, Tomatoes, Chilli Peppers, Kale, Radish, Salad Leaves, Marigolds, Rudbeckia , Echinacea and Hollyhock. Matt has also bought his first and second early potatoes, they are currently chitting in preparation for planting out.
Gardening Tip: These seeds will only germinate if kept at a consistently warm temperature of about 15-20°C. Keeping them in a green house or polythene bag will be essential. Also check your variety before germinating as some will need to wait until March or April.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that Matt had a meeting with the Bumblebee conservation trust last week. He walked the garden with Gill Perkins (CEO) and Helen King (Senior communications officer), where they discussed how our garden currently provides for bumblebees and what we can be doing to support them even more. Matt is going to be working with the trust, taking part in campaigns, documenting bumblebee activity in our garden and making changes around the hotel grounds to better support our pollinating friends.
You can find out more about the trust and see the amazing work they do here:
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