Garden lore

If your relatives are coming for Christmas and you are worried about the state of your garden, prioritise. You don’t have time to clean up the lot so take a leaf out of the garden openers’ book. Hedges, edges and lawns are what present a garden well. Clip any wayward hedges, cut your edges to give sharp lines and mow your lawns (but not too short). Sweep hard surfaces and, if time allows, clean up the bit that people see first (usually around the letter box or entranceway). Only keen gardeners or those determined to find fault will see beyond that veneer of presentation. The rest will see tidy, sharp lines and not even think to look at the weed infested garden.