In a recent post we talked about things to do in the garden to help wildlife through the winter months. In response, we received an email from Sainsbury’s bank - money matters about how to build your own bottle bird feeder. We thought you'd like to see it - it could be a great activity to do with the kids during the holidays! We'd love to see your pictures if you decide to craft one. Please share them via the East Neuk Perennials facebook page.
This month is the perfect time to get your secateurs and loppers out for some much-needed pruning. Any overgrown or misshapen deciduous trees and shrubs can be pruned to improve their shape and structure. Winter flowering shrubs such as Hamamelis (witch hazel) don’t need regular pruning, but once the flowers are over you can remove any crossing stems of those spoiling the shape of the plant. Late-flowering shrubs such as Buddleja davidii and Ceanothus Burkwoodii, hardy fuchsias and Lavatera can be pruned as they flower best on growth made from spring onwards.
You can also spend time now finishing winter pruning your fruit trees before they start coming into growth.
Wisteria can be cut back too to ensure it comes into full bloom in summer. For Wisteria, pruning should be carried out in July/August by cutting back all whippy growth to five or six buds. You can also train some of the longer leading shoots to form the framework. Now, in February, the previously pruned shoots sh...