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February Garden Calendar

February feels like a relief, sort of . . . I didn't finish all of my January chores. So I am racing against the calendar. Most of the fruit trees were as much as a month late this year but now three are blooming. I thought that was a reward for good behavior on my part. While we didn't push record low temperatures we stayed cool enough that stuff didn't start blooming until NOW. So all of that procrastination is coming to haunt me even though I felt so diligent at the time. Crazy fires and floods, evacuations and blocked roads. At least that part seems to have leveled out a bit. Hey, peas are looking fabulous and the fava's grand. Garlic has all sprouted and the lettuce is bolting due to the unseasonable warm weather. Compared to the last 2 months these are trifles below the least regard. Since it didn't get quite cold enough my tomoatos have refulsed to die, basil too. Rather hard to complain when basil can be for breakfast in February, this is a long way from Buffalo. The Anna Apple is glorious. Probably due to the fires the birding at my feeders has been spectacular, 20 Pine Siskins in one view, I have never seen more than a couple. Fox Sparrows, White Throated Sparrows and Gold Crowned Sparrows in droves, hard to imagine but here. Hyacinth Beans are still producing, not complaining but how does this work?

February Garden Calendar

White flowers are nice in Summer Narcissus Paper White - filling the garden with fragrance. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

February Garden Calendar

Ipheion uniflora - in the shade, in the sun, make a lawn into a meadow. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

I planted several kinds of milkweed seeds for the butterfly garden. Two of them have sprouted. I have been working on the last of my rose pruning. The grass is coming up thick, but since we have only seen one rain the roots are not well established. A great time to get some headway in that department. Bulbs are blooming, narcissus are spreading their perfume. I have been dividing and spreading perennials around. The soil is perfect for digging right now, and with no rain in the forecast it may not be for long.