Six on Saturday – My garden in February

Despite freezing cold weather this week, there are signs of life in my London garden. Here and there plants are becoming awake and even starting to flower! First rhubarb leaf is about to appear, daffodils and tulips are poking their green spiky heads through the cold soil, blueberry Sunshine Blue is growing new leaves and Camellia buds are heavy and swollen and will soon be flowering profusely. Here are my six February garden highlights.

1. Chillies
Chilli seedlings, London Garden Blog

Do you have this urge to check on your seedlings every spare minute? It makes me happy watching them grow, from the moment a tiny head emerging in the pot covered with a seed shell to the moment first true leaves appear and seedling is ready to be potted up in a bigger pot and start its own life.

My chillies are enjoying sunshine on the bedroom windowsill and making good progress but Hungarian Hot Wax, Santa Fe Grande and Jalapenos are being lazy with each variety developing only one plant. I will have to sow more seeds this weekend which is fine by me!

2. Scabiosa
Scabiosa, London Garden Blog Nature is so unpredictable and wonderful! I was surprised to find Scabiosa flowering in the garden. All the winter rain, snow and wind and one annual plant pushing against the odds, all its energy concentrated in a tight fist (ok, enough of martial arts:)), in a beautifully sculptured flower. It even has a delicate, almost unrecognizable scent.

I am dreaming of growing some oriental hybrid Hellebores in the near future, but for now Scabiosa is my winter flower!

3. Tulips
Tulip, London Garden BlogFortunately, I didn’t go overboard with my tulip planting last autumn. I ordered modest 60 bulbs, 10 of each variety, from Peter Nyssen and planted them in two containers in November. April collection in the first planter have vibrant and pompous orange and violet colours of Apricot Emperor and Ronaldo tulips combined with apricot pink and coffee tones of Belle Epoque. May flowering tulips in the second planter are Spring Green, Angeliue and Menton. This is much softer and delicate white and pale pink collection with a hint of green.
A small army of green soldiers is lining up in the containers and I can’t wait for the spring display!

4. Alpine strawberries
Alpine strawberries, London Garden Blog Strawberries are the easiest plant to propagate! Wild strawberries don’t produce runners but you can divide plants carefully in autumn and increase your strawberry supply for free! I have eight mature bushy alpine strawberry plants in the garden and twelve baby plants I separated and potted. Little strawberries don’t seem know it is winter and are flowering and producing berries (green and inedible) non stop!

5. Romanesco cauliflowers
I am still waiting patiently on my Romanesco cauliflowers and Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
I can just about spot tiny pine cone shaped cauliflower heads and they look pretty cool! I love to find Fibonacci spirals in nature. But…
Romanesco cauliflower, London Garden blog
…these brassicas were a proper nightmare throughout the growing year: first eaten by caterpillars which had to be collected daily with tweezers and then falling down constantly toppled by strong autumn winds. My plan for this season is to have just two early PSB plants in the front garden as from a design point of view, they form a good match with Red Star Cordylines.

6. RHS selection day
Tomorrow I am going to RHS selection day which is held at Lawrence hall in London. In the programme, besides being excited about visiting RHS horticultural hall for the first time, a customer care workshop, RHS plant quiz and mingling with other volunteers. At the end, I hope to get a volunteer position at Chelsea or Hampton court flower shows.

It is impossible to tell if I will manage to get selected, so here is my story about volunteering at RHS Hampton show last summer and helping to create a beautiful wild garden for children.

How does your garden look at the moment and what are your February gardening highlights? Leave me a comment below together with a link on your Six on Saturday post.
Till next time, bye, bye.


16 Replies to “Six on Saturday – My garden in February”

  1. Great 6! Always find it exciting to see new seedlings come up and chillies are always great to grow! Really really hope it goes well on Sunday!

    1. Good morning, Thomas! Chilli seedlings are so cute, aren’t they?
      Will try my best tomorrow, thank you!

  2. Lovely six, enjoy your day tomorrow, sounds like fun!

    1. Thank you, fingers crossed!

  3. Since autumn there have been lots of mentions of tulips in pots, I’m really looking forward to seeing everybody’s results, getting ideas for next year. I had brassica nightmares too, so little to show for the work put in.

    1. Hi Jim! Growing tulips for the first time – so really looking forward for flowers to appear! Will share some photos in spring.
      Brassica gives you nightmares too! They are not an easy veg to grow…

  4. A selection full of promise. Enjoy the promise of number 6 tomorrow. If it turns into number 7, enjoy the bonus. Good luck.

    1. I like how you put it, John! Thank you 🙂

  5. I knew I wasn’t the only one obsessed w/seedlings! There’s something so engaging about watching them in their slow success. A coupla years ago, I urged some incalcitrant tropaeolum to, Grow you little bastards, & promptly heard the old lady next door, cackling on the other side of the fence. She was an ardent gardener herself, so understood my plight. Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do swell.

    1. Good morning Lora! Yay, I am happy that I am not alone talking to seedlings! Great stuff!

  6. I cleaned my strawberries on Thursday and mine looks less beautiful than yours. (it’s not the same variety) About tulips, I can not wait to see your colors and forms… your description is attractive!
    Chilies : we already talked about it via Twitter and I’m waiting for the real start of growth now (I think they sleep a little … maybe not enough sun and heat …)
    Good luck for tomorrow and fingers crossed you get a volunteer position

    1. Afternoon, Fred! Bonsoir!
      What varieties of tulips are you growing? Will be interested to see photos in spring!
      Wild strawberries, I do love them! 🙂
      I sowed some more chillies in the morning!

  7. That’s a lovely selection of tulips. I’m growing ‘La Belle Epoque’ for the first time this year too. Very impressed by the Romanescu caulies!

    1. Hi Ali,
      La Belle Epoque tulip supposed to be gorgeous, I can’t wait to see it too!
      Cauliflowers, urghhh… they are tricky ones! Require lots of effort!

  8. A lovely mixed bag for Six on Saturday 😊 I particularly like how gardening is full of surprises producing flowers like your Scabiosa when you least expect it & yet keeps you hanging around for others like your brassicas.
    Wishing you lots of good luck vibes for selection day. Just relax & be you I am sure you will shine 😊

    1. Hello Nichola, I like it too! The most fun part of the gardening is to discover these little suprises every season. It is never boring!
      I enjoyed the selection day, met some fellow gardeners and took part in RHS quiz. Our team was named “Plant explorers”! 🙂

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