• Plant drifts of spring bulbs informally in a lawn, including crocuses, daffodils and snake's-head fritillaries
  • Lift tender cannas to avoid frost damage, dry off the tubers and store in cool dark conditions until spring
  • Plant up cheery pot displays with winter colour, such as heathers, cyclamen, winter pansies and skimmia
  • Lift and pot up tender perennials, such as chocolate cosmos, gazanias and coleus, to protect over winter
  • Plant evergreen shrubs and conifer hedges while the soil is still warm
  • Remove any pot saucers and raise pots up onto feet to prevent waterlogging over winter
  • Transplant deciduous shrubs that are in the wrong place or have outgrown their current position
  • Wrap layers of fleece or straw around banana plants and tree ferns to protect from frost
  • Collect seeds from hardy perennials, such as astrantia, achillea and red valerian, and sow straight away
  • Take hardwood cuttings from ornamental trees and shrubs
  • Reduce the height of shrub roses to avoid windrock damage over winter
  • Empty spent summer pots and hanging baskets, and compost the contents

Fruit and veg



Garden maintenance

Visit the beautiful Isles of Scilly and Tresco Abbey Gardens on a four-day trip on 13-16 October, 2018. Enjoy a talk and Q&A session on Mediterranean planting, and a garden tour from Tresco Abbey Garden's Mike Nelhams.

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Enjoy an exclusive day out on 20 September, 2018, travelling by luxurious, private train from London to Chatsworth, one of England's finest stately homes. Guests will receive gourmet food hampers and a free goody bag, with tickets costing £385pp.

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£38.94 £57.94 For six bottles, includes free P&P

Enjoy two each of three different Proseccos from small family-owned Italian wineries. Expect soft, fruity notes of pears and apples, with tingly, creamy bubbles. Chill the glasses for those long-summer days in the garden.

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