Collecting seeds from native trees provides an interesting occupation for children and seed companies or native tree suppliers will often pay good pocket money for acorns, beech mast, walnuts or sweet chestnuts. Sowing a few yourself next spring will also keep children interested.
Read our guide on collecting, storing and planting seeds.
The best way to ensure that your Gunnera manicata survive the winter is to cut the leaves off now and drape them over the main rhizome and crown. Then cover the whole area with dead leaves, leaf mould or peat to keep the frost out. For more details see full article - How to care for Gunnera.
Protecting Tree Ferns
Tree Ferns will happily withstand minus 10°C and even if all the fronds turn brown the crown will still generate new fronds next Spring. It is therefore advisable to protect the crown. The best way is to gather the fronds upright and wrap fleece around the crown where the fronds start. For more details see full article - How to care for Tree Ferns.
Protecting Patio Plants
Bring tender scented rhododendrons grown in pots outside for the summer back into the greenhouse or conservatory before the first frosts.