Things to do in the garden- February

Southern Hemisphere 

My Mum has been telling me that it has been really hot in Australia this month (which is fairly normal) so make sure that you keeps things quite simple in the garden. I recommend no new plants as it is unlikely they would survive the heat!

– Mulch all garden beds to conserve moisture.

– Buy Spring bulbs

– Apply rose spray

– Check Azaleas for lace bug. Spray with Confidor.

– Plant tulips and hyacinth bulbs

Northern Hemisphere 

This month there are signs of the approaching spring, with bulbs appearing and birds and wildlife waking up as light levels and temperatures increase. There’s plenty to do indoors this month, all in preparation for the season ahead. Outdoors, the garden is coming to life again, and its time to prune shrubs, such as Wisteria. 

– Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover

– Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches

– Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off

– Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering

– Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’

– Prune Wisteria

– Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges

– Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter


Some of the beautiful summer flowers i photographed in Australia

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Easing into 2015…..

I have taken a really long break from blogging… trip home to Australia was sensational. 3 weeks back home was bliss! Its been a while since i have had that long with my family!

Arriving back to Zurich was a difficult transition…its freezing here and you rarely see the sun. Coming from Oz where its sunny almost all the time, i did find it tough.

It’s also difficult to get motivation to talk about flowers when there is nothing but snow on the ground. So, to begin my 2015….i am going to share some photos of my trip back home and then i promise some more blogs on gardening .-)

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