Yesterday it was a balmy Spring-like temperature of 74 degrees – how can this be – Spring is still 2 months away! Mother Nature was obviously just teasing us with what’s to come, as today is 34 degrees and we are heading down to single digit temperatures this week. Knowing that it was going to be super cold this week, I took advantage of the warm weather and gave all of my thirsty outdoor pots and containers a long drink of water. The English Roses also called out to me for a deep drink and I happily obliged them.

In my opinion, February is the absolute most important month on the garden calendar because the timing is so critical with so many garden chores – get the timing right and the results will be optimal – miss the timing on certain chores and the outcome can really be dismal.

Pruning is probably the most important chore to be done between the middle of February and early March. I always tell my gardening buddies and garden clubs – mark your calendar on Valentine’s Day with the following garden tasks…if you do them you will be rewarded for months and your plants will be much healthier as a result of your paying attention to the calendar.


I planted these paperwhites bulbs about 3 weeks ago! The second wave comes up even faster – I think because they get a longer day of sunshine…their fragrance fills my home with thoughts of Spring!

Top Things to do in February

  • Prune to keep your plants tight but still natural – avoid hedges and the lollipop look.
  • Please don’t commit Crepe Myrtle murder by chopping off your tree form Crepes – only prune to edit suckers and errant limbs – let the growth continue upwards to achieve the graceful habit they will provide.
  • The best time to prune evergreens – Hollies, Yew, Yaupon, Boxwood, Laurel, Pines of all varieties is now.
  • Prune roses – shrub roses should be severely pruned – I keep mine around 18” – and remove all dead wood. Climbing roses should be pruned just to be kept in the space you want them in.
  • Now is the best time to provide support for your climbing rose canes – they are already setting buds and before they begin to put more buds out get them tucked away into their trellis systems.
  • Apply systemic food and herbicide to bases of roses – I love to use the Bayer 2-in-1 product.
  • Apply Ironite other organic products to cool season grasses around the middle of February – they will be emerald green in March – the perfect time for your cool season lawn to look lush and green.
  • Prune deciduous trees – this is the perfect time to see the bones of the tree…get suckers and limbs interfering with other limbs out of there.
  • This is a good time to assess the life cycle of your trees. Are you hanging on to an old Elm tree long past its prime? There are so many wonderful varieties of trees out there just begging to be planted in their place.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses – liriope, mondo, ‘Sweet Flag’ and the taller varieties like pampas and fountain grass. Cutting these back in March means cutting back fresh spring growth.
  • Begin cutting back the perennials in your garden beds – finalize this in early March.
  • Begin garden cleanup in flower beds later this month.
  • Apply a dose of food to pansies and spring flowering perennials like candy tuft, dianthus, and creeping phlox – they will really benefit after the winter months.
  • Order bare root roses from rose sources like Antique Rose Emporium, David Austin Roses, and Heirloom Roses.
  • Continue to water when the weather doesn’t cooperate – but turn off your automatic sprinkler system when the temperatures are below freezing.
  • Look at your garden design – next month is a great time to tweak or modify it.
  • Clean your garden tools.
  • Enjoy the hint of warmer days to come.

Best of the Season


  • Daffodils – with their whimsical trumpet faces – smiling at the sun!
  • Forsythia – un-pruned and naturalized the way it should be.
  • Crocus – one of the earliest bulbs to bloom in the Spring.


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I love January – it’s brrrr cold outside and there are no garden chores – maybe just planning for a beautiful Spring. I did turn in all the Spring flower orders to our wonderful grower…hard to believe they will start seedlings this month.


January is one of the months as a gardener that you can literally do nothing and not feel guilty about it. Of course you have to pay a little attention to water if Mother Nature doesn’t smile on us with rain or snow. But other than that, we can just relax and enjoy the cold days with a hot cup of tea and leftover treats from the holidays.


The garden and seed catalogs will begin arriving in your mailbox, as well as other garden and outdoor living catalogs. It’s fun to see what’s new with the trends in these. Wayside Gardens will tempt us with new species and varieties. We can just file these away for now – enjoy this quiet month.


Top Things to do in January

• As little as possible – you deserve a guilt-free break

Best of the Season

• Red Twig Dogwood, Deciduous Hollies laden with berries – and cardinals! I have a friend who has a special little buddy that shows up on the window seal of her living room – she has been putting his treats out on top of a stone pillar – he is fat and happy – and beautiful!



Holidays this year in Sweden – winter wonderland – breathtakingly beautiful!


Happy New Year Everyone!

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I have a dear friend with a wonderful cottage in the Georgian Bay of Canada (Lake Huron). Her cottage is on one of the thousands of islands formed thousands of years ago….it is a very special place and called Tomahawk Island.

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My friend whose cottage is named Bayberry Cottage has been telling me about a place she knew I would love – The Artful Garden– in Bracebridge, Ontario.

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Join me as I tour the gardens and find the incredible art and pottery tucked away amongst the flowers!

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The owners of The Artful Garden live in this chaming house – set in the midst of all the gardens.

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What a tapestry of perennials – only 3 months earlier snow was on the ground in this garden!

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The first sighting of yard art!

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Another tapestry flowers, perennials and ferns weaved together

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These carved faces were super cool - magical!

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Puts a smile on your face.

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The little hens were so cute just skipping through the gardens.

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Garden gnomes…

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Gorgeous sculpture….fabulous!

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Garden happiness.

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Cone flowers – 4’ high!

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More sculptures.

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More yard art.

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The cutest outhouse you have ever seen!

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The shed where the pottery is fired.

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Beautiful basket of glory!

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The chicken coop….

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Doesn’t every chicken coop look like this?

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Ginormous sun flowers – 8’ Tall!

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Flowers in every corner of the gardens.

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This planter looked like it had been fed with steroids.

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The weather was perfect – the art was selling – I was soaking it all up!

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