I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of November. The elegant and delicate decay of October gives way to grey skies and wet sludgey deadness. This is the lowest point of my gardening year and I recommend a holiday somewhere warm and sunny or a visit to the pub. To combat this morose frame of mind I use it as a time for pulling things apart and starting again. If you have a border or corner of the garden that isn't quite working then go into the gloom and dig it all up. The exercise usually perks you up and the creative juices can start to flow just in time for next months Christmas gift requests ( now is the moment to ask for the quince tree you have always wanted or a new copper trowel with which to plant your new scheme). Try and be ruthless and throw onto the compost heap anything that you don't really like. There are so many exciting plants to grow, far too many for one lifetime , so be brave and prepare a space for something you havn't grown before. Soon the seed catalogues will be piling up on the bedside table and now is also a perfect time to order bareroot trees and shrubs for planting over the winter. I can feel the November blues slipping away as I try and decide which roses to plant for next summer, telling myself that the shortest day really isn't that far away and convincing myself that wine is good for me.
Will Vincent - AS.AP Compulsive Propagator