Tulip bulbs should now be planted.
If you still haven’t planted your other spring bulbs, get them in quickly, and they will be fine.
Plant up some hanging baskets and containers with cyclamen, pansies, and primroses to brighten up the patio and borders.
Visit the garden centres and have a look at their containers and plants to give you some ideas.
Tidy the borders, clear away collapsed plants, cut down stems of the herbaceous plants and any remains of the annuals.
Grasses, astilbes, sedum and other perennials that fade later, can be left to give shelter for some of the wildlife.
Continue to clear leaves from the lawns and around the plants to give them light and air, if left, these damp conditions will create a heaven for the slugs and snails.
Less hardy perennials such as penstemons and hardy fuchsia should only be cut back by about a third at this time. Cut them back fully once they start shooting from the base in spring.
Hibernating animals need shelter from the winter cold, and the outside taps will need protection from the frost.
Hopefully you have the means in the house to turn off the water supply to the outside tap.
Happy gardening everyone!
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