Welcome to February's tips. We have added lots of video clips to the tips, however if you prefer to read instructions then click the more information and the written tips will be displayed under the videos.
The best time to lift, divide up and move snowdrops to new locations is when flowering is nearly over. Lift a clump in the green (i.e. with leaves) with a spade, remove any weeds and split the clump into smaller parcels of say 6 bulbs for planting elsewhere.
Once the weather improves get cracking with your clump forming herbaceous plants which have expanded, overcrowded and got too big. Dig up the whole clump while still dormant and quite literally chop it up into sections with a spade. One clump to plant back in situ, one or two clumps for somewhere else in the garden, and the rest for sale on your National Garden Scheme Open Day, Village Fete, Charity Auction.
Fascicularia bicolor will have produced wonderfully coloured rosettes through the Autumn and Winter. It will also have developed many offshoots or offsets. Lift the clump gently. Discard the plants that have had flowering rosettes as they will die afterwards. Prize off the side shoots and pot or plant out for form new clumps.
Perennial grasses often look a mess at the start of the season. These too can be dug and split up. However a good crop or haircut will often suffice. After a cold winter clumps of Cortaderia (Pampas Grass) often look like a mass of dead. There will be life at the base of the plant but all the deads needs stripping away with a thick glove to protect your hands.