Spring Awakening

Blooms for the February Garden

Historically the wildest month is January, but the quaintly named storms Dudley and Eunice have tested the Beaufort scale this week. As a result, the first jobs in the garden this weekend may be gathering up jetsam and securing fences, we really hope nothing more extreme.

While we continue to keep a weather eye open, the garden still exerts its magic. Between the squalls, the sometimes-illusive sun is at last revealing its warmth and the plants respond. Spring flowers and bulbs, such as primulas, iris and narcissi, enrich the lawns and borders, but there is more: some shrubs and perennials are bursting back to life and as well as looking picturesque, their scented blooms provide sustenance for treasured early pollinators.

Honeyed Blooms