You can survey your garden to see if the mulch you spread around plants and shrubs is still intact, especially around your roses. If not, rearrange the soil and mulch but do not smother the plants.
If the soil is not frozen, dig samples from three or four spots, mix them together and send a sample to a soil testing company such as A&L Great Lakes Labs in Fort Wayne (260-583-4759). A test should be done every three to five years.
Late February is the best time to fertilize spring bulbs, just as the foliage begins to appear. This is the only fertilization you should apply to existing bulbs, but hopefully you plant additional ones in the fall, and they should be fertilized when planted.
By the end of February I am really missing floral bouquets. My solution is to prune off several branches of forsythia, pussy willow, quince or crab apple trees. Place these cuttings in a vase with warm water, place in a cool room and change the water daily. With patience you will see blossoms.
If you were fortunate to receive flowers from your valentine, remove the foliage from below the water line and change the water daily. Place the vase in a cool area to lengthen the life of the blooms. Avoid placing the flowers near heat sources, drafts or sunlight.
“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the
wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”