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Flower garden job checklist

29 - 5 October 2014

It's time to...

  • Plant crocuses, fritillaries and dwarf narcissus in lawns
  • Plant up patio pots for autumn interest
  • Lift gladioli, clean the corms and store them in a shed or garage
  • Prune rambling and climbing roses, and shorten long shoots on standard roses
  • Plant spring bedding, including wallflowers and forget-me-nots, among tulips
  • Lift, divide and replant congested clumps of perennials
  • Net holly berries to protect them from hungry birds if you want them for Christmas arrangements
  • Plant lily bulbs, including fragrant Lilium regale, in groups among low shrubs to bloom next summer
  • Move shrubs that are growing in the wrong places

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