●● If you are forcing hyacinths for Christmas, have a peep at them to check their growth. Leave them in the dark under black plastic until at least an inch of growth is showing.
●● Plant up hippeastrum bulbs for a delightful display of these exotic blooms.
●● You’ve probably finished with mowing the lawn but you can give your garden a neater appearance for the winter by cutting the edges with a lawn edger to provide a crisp finish. ●● Warm weather in October and November means there have been quite a few weeds growing, so on clement days, try to pull out a few.
●● Tie in climbing roses to prevent wind damage – old nylon tights tied in a figure of eight between stem and support work well.
●● It’s the right time to prune deciduous hedging but leave evergreen hedges until spring.
●● Clean tools before putting them away for winter. Fill a small bucket with sand and oil and dip the metal parts of tools in – this will clean and oil them for winter.