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    Purple willow (Purple osier) © Ita McCobb
  • Holly 'Golden Queen' (Ilex aquifolium) © Ita McCobb
  • Barnes' holly (Ilex altaclerensis NF Barnes) © Ita McCobb
  • Holly (Ilex merserveae) © Ita McCobb
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  • In the Garden this month
  • In Nature this month
To prevent the spread of diseases such as blackspot and rust, gather up fallen leaves from under rose bushes and dispose of them in a bin and not on the compost.
There are plenty of vegetables to harvest this month such as parsnips, leeks, kale, winter cabbages and brussel sprouts. Cover winter brassicas with netting to protect them from hungry pigeons.
Outdoor watering
Insulate outdoor taps and drain and store indoors any watering attachments.
Foliage on deciduous trees sometimes remains on trees well into December and fallen leaves will still be covering the ground. Seeds can also occasionally still be spotted on trees such as those of Ash, Lime and Sycamore.
The bright red berries of Holly stand out from the spiny green leaves and clumps of opaque white berries of the semi-parasitic Mistletoe can be seen high up on branches of host trees.
Although December lacks flowering plants some may still be in bloom such as Red deadnettle, Groundsel and Common gorse.

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