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Flowers checklist

8 - 14 December 2014

It's time to...

  • Clear away annual climbers, like sweet peas and morning glory, growing on obelisks
  • Pick seedheads and evergreen foliage and mix with fruit such as clementines or limes to make a fresh Christmas wreath
  • Move tubs of shrubs or winter bedding to a sheltered spot if conditions turn very cold
  • Take root cuttings of oriental poppies and other perennials
  • Look for early-flowering snowdrops to pot up and bring into the house
  • Prepare soil well before planting new roses
  • Cover branches of holly berries with netting to keep birds away
  • Prune overgrown laurel, yew and camellias back hard to rejuvenate them
  • Wrap straw or bracken around the base of tender shrubs and climbers to protect them the from cold
  • Check stakes and ties are secure on trees and climbers

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