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               Spring Is in Sight

This small tree packs a punch with beautiful deep-pink saucer flowers profusely borne on bare stems. It is a favourite of gardeners because it gives a splash of intense colour before the other showy flowering trees such as magnolias really get going.

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 is 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.

Direct Gardens offer a professional garden design service which is specifically tailored to your needs, providing shrub and planting advice, designs and planting plans, from a small area to a full-size garden.

We will work with you so you have something that meets your requirements, from the traditional cottage garden to a contemporary city garden.

Plant of the month - Prunus 'Kursar'

Top 10 jobs for February

  1.     Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some     vegetables    under cover
  2.     Chit potato tubers
  3.     Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and     peaches
  4.     Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds     off
  5.     Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have     finished flowering
  6.     Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant     those that need    planting ' in the green'
  7.     Prune Wisteria
  8.     Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate     overgrown deciduous hedges
  9.     Prune conservatory climbers
  10.     Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the     winter

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