Friday, February 18, 2011

February In The Garden

I have actually held off on this post because there has not been a February in the garden.  However, I thought I would post it anyway, kind of a look back at what might have been if we didn't have two feet of snow.

The Rhodies look pretty good, full of buds.

PJM (April 16, 2010)

February in Zone 5 is a looking to do something month!  If there is not a ton of snow on the ground, it is a great month to prune trees.  Remember, do not cut completely flush with the trunk or you will end up with a much bigger wound than necessary.  There is something called the branch bark ridge that looks like a collar at the end of the branch, stay right outside this area.  If you have large trees to be trimmed, this is also the best time to schedule a professional. 

Type III clematis can be cut down to around six inches.  I usually like to leave a couple of buds showing.  Do not cut the Type I's or II's now, or you will not have many flowers this year.  They will flower eventually but usually with smaller blooms.

This is Hagley Hybrid and I can't get to this one yet.

Hagley Hybrid (Type III)

The snow has melted around Comtesse de Bouchaud but I will just wait until I can prune all of them, type III's I mean.

Comtesse de Bouchaud (Type III)

These areType II Clematis, Fireworks and Bee's Jubilee, so I will not be pruning these at this time.  If they need it I will prune after flowering.

Fireworks (Type II)

Bee's Jubilee (Type II)

Spend some time organizing fertilizers, garden gloves, tools, etc. 

I have started my impatiens under lights, need twelve weeks to bloom.  It is too early for the petunias and the amaranthus.

Keep planning those renovations and if they require a landscaper schedule early when they do not have much work, prices will be cheaper.  We scheduled the relaying of some of our patio last year in March when the company did not have much work.  We will do the same this year for another section and some evergreens that need to be replaced.  They love having early work to keep their men working before the busy season begins.

I have been babying this yew since last year and I think I have lost the battle.  It will have to come out, not sure this one will require a landscaper to remove - we'll see.

Visit Tootsie today for Fertilizer Friday!


Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

What a contrast! Hopefully things will warm up soon for you! The clematis and rhododendron are beautiful!

Larry said...

Your PJM 's look exactly as I wish mine would look! I have planted a couple dozen over the years and most eventually whither away. I pruned my clematis in the fall this year... I try to stick with Type 3's as it's just another way to simplify my garden life. You commented on my lupines... I've been posting from the '08 season and they are another thing that I've pretty much gotten rid of in the interest of simplifying the gardens... have a great weekend... if you get that rain it should pretty much take care of your snow I'd think! Larry

ONG said...

I love the PJM's but with my poor draining soil and lack of even a bit of shade I've given up on them. I felt myself getting all pumped up as I read through your post - c'mon spring, bring it already!

joey said...

Hope for spring ... thanks for the reminder, Eileen. Happy weekend :)

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

Hi Eileen, I liked this post-it was like seeing on of those magazine makeovers- before and after! And you "afters" are stunning. Those purple rhododendrons! Wow! You should see the one sorry rhodo in my garden. You would be appalled. I think I need to lavish a bit more attention on it. Enjoy the weekend.

Anonymous said...

Dear Eileen, I can sense your impatience to get out into the garden and start the season. But,how lovely to look back on your wonderful Clematis that were so magnificent last year. Their day will come again!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

It will be so good to see the Rhododendrons bloom again. Yours are so pretty. Your clematis vines are so lovely. I really like the Bee's Jubilee. I hope some of your snow has melted with this little warm up we have had. Have a wonderful weekend.

allanbecker-gardenguru said...

It's always a pleasure to visit your garden, even in February.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Dave,

We have warmed up but they are talking about rain and snow for next week. I do see a few things poking out of the groung.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Larry, I am thinking I should have stuck with Type III's also. Some of the Type II's are all broken from the snow drifts so there won't be many flowers on them this year.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


We had a lot of trouble with the Rhodies at first, replaced them and then improved the soil, planted them shallow and ever since they have been great.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

You are right Jennifer, it really looks very before in the winter.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Edith,

I am afraid that Henryi won't look great this year. He took a beating with the snow drifts, broken vines, but it will grow back.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

Bee's Jubilee was a surprise. I had bought, I thought, two Bee's Jubilee.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Allan,

I can't wait for March and April ...

fer said...

that is a big difference what seasons make. Hope you get some spring soon in your garden

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl your blog design is gorgeous : ) I almost I didn't (I think mine is too busy ! haha)
YES ! .. we have to hire a handy landscaper to sink my arbor gate properly and do a stone path by the shed door .. a few things have to done but you are so right about lining them up early !
I'm sorry about your yew .. I have two in the front that I love .. but sometimes a plant/shrub/tree is just not going to work so it is better to haul it out as my poor white lilac left but my beautiful amur maple took over : )

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Joy,

I am anxious to get out there and repair some things, slowly getting the mountain of snow off of my veggie garden.


garden girl said...

Our snow is virtually gone now, so I took advantage of the glorious temps this week to get out and do some pre-spring garden cleanup.

Those rhodies are gorgeous.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi GG,

We have these mounds still in the back garden. The rabbits have been busy eating the rose bushes, probably sitting on top of the mounds of snow.


Anonymous said...

Eileen I enjoyed seeing your garden so very much.

Thank you for the pruning information.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Pat,

Visit again.


Zoey said...

It amazes me that the dead-looking foliage will spring to life and in a couple of months you will have all those gorgeous clematis and rhododendrons!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I know, Zoey, it is a miracle how the garden changes from being asleep to overflowing with growth.


Betty819 said...

I love clematis vines and have a Dr. Ruppel and Westerplatte, both Type 2.
I hate the look of the dried, brown leaves left in the summer after they are finished blooming. Dr. Ruppel still has a few blooms but Westerplatte has never performed like Dr.Ruppel. I had Comtesse de Bouchard but I cut it back in the Fall as it is a Type 3, about 6 inches from the ground, come spring, it never put on no more than about 6 leaves and those leaves were looked like they had wilt. Never grew no taller than the 6 in. I cut it back to in the Fall. I dug it out as it was old, but having Type 3 makes my life simpler. What do you do with those dried brown leaves after there is no more blooms?