• Order seeds for spring and summer planting. Most can be started ahead of time—six weeks or so—and then planted out as indicated on the package.
• Even if your roses haven’t dropped all their leaves and may still even have a blossom or two, prune this month to give them the dormancy they need for next season’s show.
• Plant anything and everything that is available bare-root, from fruit trees to roses to asparagus.
Virginia Hayes, curator of Ganna Walska Lotusland, will answer your gardening questions. Address them to Gardens, The Independent, 122 W. Figueroa St., S.B., CA 93101. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.