Check dahlias and cannas
Inspect stored tubers of dahlias and cannas. Too damp and they will rot, too dry and they will die.
Plant lily bulbs in pots and in borders during mild spells.
Lift and divide perennials
During dry, mild spells, you can still lift and divide herbaceous perennials.
Trim old hellebore leaves
Cut off old leaves of hellebores that produce flowers from ground level so you can see them. Watch out for hellebore leaf spot.
Cut back apple and pear trees
Prune apple and pear trees – at least get rid of any branch that’s dead, damaged, diseased or rubbing on another one. Then spray your trees with winter wash or home-made garlic spray, which will kill insect eggs.