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Casual Gardener: Enjoy a bit of rough over the winter

John Manley
IS IT just me or did the autumn foliage last longer than usual this year? And wasn't it especially eye-catching when the low sun lit the leaves of gold, russet, red, yellow, brown and green as they clung forlornly to our native trees just ahead of the winter winds' ruthless cull? As I write, the soggy leaves on the ground outnumber those on the branches and much of the garden is becoming permanently damp, a sure sign that the darkest, coldest months are upon us.

Gardening: Don't forget your roses in the great autumn garden tidy-up

YOU may have cut down your perennials, done the last weeding of the year and neatened the edges on your borders – but what about your roses? While many gardeners traditionally prune their roses in late winter or early spring, it is possible to tidy them up in autumn, especially if you want a neat framework in place for next year.

The Casual Gardener: New book offers fans a taste of The Jimi Blake Experience

John Manley
IF YOU can imagine how Arlene Foster might react were ‘Her Majesty’ to make a surprise visit to the DUP leader’s home, then you’ll begin to get an idea of the uncharacteristic manner in which Monty Don behaved when Jimi Blake visited the Gardeners’ World presenter’s Longmeadow garden last year.

The Casual Gardener: Unlocking the gardener's best kept secret

John Manley
HAVE you have ever wondered why the plants and flowers in your garden always look so much more vibrant and vegetables suddenly seem to grow bigger after rainfall from a thunderstorm? According to science, this happens because electric currents inside the thunderclouds create an electro-magnetic effect on the rainwater, and it is the energised water droplets falling to ground which invigorates plant growth and makes gardens seem to come alive.