:: Garden kneeler folding seat stool with handles and tool bag – I was in my 30s when I first started writing this weekly column and I’m now well into my 50s, so you’ll appreciate that my priorities have changed.
SO, you've made your Christmas wreath, your outdoor lights are glowing and the mistletoe's hanging above the door – but how else can you add festive sparkle to the scene? It's easy to pimp your mantelpiece with flora and fauna, from the most elaborate adornments to a few sprigs here and there.
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.
As winter begins to make itself known, you may want to hibernate in front of a roaring fire – but there are some jobs that just won't wait unless you're prepared to have to do more work, and spend more money, next year.
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.