• A Winters tale - Spindle (Euonymus cornutus) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
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    A Christmas symphony - Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
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    The Holly & the Ivy - Ivy (Hedera helix) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
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    Deck the halls with lots of Holly - Holly (Ilex) © Jennifer Hope-Morley
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Tulip bulbs
It’s time to plant tulips. As well as planting in the garden plant some in containers. In a pot they can also be planted in layers, known as a Tulip lasagne (see Plant Bulbs book). Remember to plant them in the correct order. The bulbs that flower first should be planted on the top layer with the latest flowering varieties on the bottom layer.
Grow some pea
shoots
Sow some peas in containers to use in salads, as a garnish or in cooking. They are ideal for small areas and can be grown inside all year round. Young pea shoots are ready to harvest just a few weeks after planting and are tender and crisp with a pea-like flavour. Soaking overnight before planting speeds up germination.
Flowers for
Christmas
Plant some Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) and Paperwhite narcissi bulbs to have flowers for Christmas, bearing in mind that Hippeastrum take around six to eight weeks to flower and Paperwhites around four to six weeks.
Trees
Enjoy the last Autumn leaf colours before the middle of the month when the majority of foliage will have fallen covering the ground with a layer of leaves that will begin to be broken down by fungi and various organisms.
Berries
As the leaves fall colourful berries will become more prominent once the branches are bare. Look out for strings of red berries from Black bryony, pink Spindle berries that split open to reveal orange seeds or the round white berries of the Snowberry, a non-native species that is now widely naturalised.
Seedheads
There are few wild flowers around in November but some plants produce attractive seed heads such as Hogweed, Teasel and Wild clematis (Old man’s beard) that provide food for birds and habitat for insects during the Winter months.