Keep vulnerable plants protected
Make sure protective straw or fleece is still in place on vulnerable plants overwintering outdoors. In cold spells, protect non-frost-proof containers with bubble wrap, hessian or fleece. Group pots near a south-facing wall to give extra protection.
Lift and divide snowdrops
Snowdrops can be lifted and divided as long as you re-plant them straight away.
Hardwood cuttings time
Take hardwood cuttings of shrubs such as Cornus, Salix, Forsythia, Weigela, Escallonia, Rosa, Ribes, Chaenomeles and Elaeagnus and deciduous climbers such as Fallopia and Lonicera. Check last year’s hardwood cuttings, for planting out or potting on.
Transplant shrubs and trees
Move deciduous trees and shrubs, if the ground is not frozen or waterlogged.
Let bulb displays die down
Indoor forced bulbs for Christmas displays, which have finished flowering, can be left outside in a sheltered spot, to die down.