Plant of the month – Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion”

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This excellent shrub has bronze leaves when young, followed by pale pink flowers. However, the real treat comes in late autumn when the flowers give way to masses of dark violet berries.

Top 10 jobs for November

1.    Clear up fallen leaves – especially from lawns, ponds     and beds2.    Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent  waterlogging

3.    Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year

4.    Prune roses to prevent wind-rock

5.    Plant out winter bedding

6.    Cover brassicas with netting if pigeons are a problem

7.    Insulate outdoor containers from frost –   bubblewrap works well

8.    Stop winter moth damage to fruit trees using  grease bands around the trunks

   9.  Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden

   10. Use a seasonal bonfire – where this is allowed –   to dispose of  excess debris unfit for composting