February was the Roman Februaruis and comes from the Latin verb februare meaning to purify because the Roman festival of purification took place on the 15th.
February weather sayings include
A February spring is not worth a pin
If the cat in February lies in the sun, she will creep under the grate in March
and the well known
February fill dyke be it black or white
which was really a plea from the farmer for plenty of wet weather ready for sowing seeds in March. Rain or snow, it's bound to be a wet and cold month, although there are often a few warm days
There is always one fine week in February
The February page from An Illustrated Country Year by Celia Lewis is Magpies..........the bullies of the garden!
Numbers of magpies seem to have increased and it's rare for a day to go by without seeing them somewhere in the garden, meadow or lane.
My little book of country poems has one titled
AFTERNOON IN FEBRUARY
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow
If you weren't miserable about February weather before reading this then you would be afterwards!