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Weekend work: Time to clear out summer bedding plants

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Sow long: If you want a beautiful cuttings garden next summer, get those seeds in now

Annual flowers are profligate with their seed. Which is why, with very little effort now, you can collect free supplies to provide next year's flowers. This summer has been superb for both producing seed (plants have grown with tremendous vigour) and ripening it. I had an unusually peaceful session with the small, thin seedpods of larkspur, cracking them open and spilling the hard black seed on to a sheet of paper on the kitchen table.

Crocus 'Vanguard' is bigger than most of the early-flowering crocus, but not as bossy as the large Dutch crocus that flower in March

Contain yourself: It doesn't require a large plot or a lot of toil to ensure stunning spring bulb displays

You only need a space 28cm square to set up a dream of spring. That's the size of my favourite container, an old seed tray made of clay, the kind my great-uncle used before they invented plastic. When he died, I liberated it from his shed along with his rake and hoe. I use them still. The container is barely 8cm deep, but that's plenty enough for the early crocus and gorgeous little iris that flower in early February and March.

Hedging their bets: Anna Pavord visits an immaculate garden in France

The jardin has our correspondent enthralled - if a little frustrated about where she is allowed to tread

Anna Pavord's A to Z of pests and problems: P is for passageways, pests and pruning

Our green-fingered correspondent Anna Pavord continues her A-Z of horticultural pests and problems standing between you and your perfect garden

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Weekend work: Time to divide bearded irises

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