Rake up the last fallen leaves. For free mulch, shovel them into garbage bags with a sprinkle of lime and leave to rot down until summer.
• Lay slug and snail bait around emerging spring bulbs to protect the flower buds.
• Plant daphne, osmanthus, wintersweet and witch hazel for sweet winter scents.
• Fill a vase with fragrant Erlicheer narcissus, the first of the daffodils to bloom.