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Autumn has come and Winter is preparing for its entry into the garden.  The last bulbs should be taken up and put away.  Fragile plants should be covered up until the mild Spring weather comes back again.  

It is also the time to plant heathers, chrsanthemums, and Spring bulbs like snowdrops, crocus, narcissus, and tulips.  You can also plant pansies and primulas which will brighten up your garden when the sun returns.  Once the rose trees are pruned and reinforced you should take the dahlias indoors after the first frosts.   The soil is still warm and very humid.  Hardy perennials  use these conditions to implant themselves in preparation for the coming Spring weather.

It is now time to harvest the lamb's lettuce and the crosnes.  Compost can be made from the tomato leaves and the clippings from the last mowing.  There's lots of work to be done in the orchard.  Autumn is the best time to plant trees and bushes.  A French proverb goes : "On St. Catherine's Day, all types of tree take root" !   Specimens with exposed roots give the best results, and remember to water abundantly ! Autumn is the best time to prune trees and bushes.

Pots on the balcony should be taken indoors or at the very least protected from the frost.

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