I am always a little sad when the clocks go back. I am not a fan of the dark evenings. However, looking on the bright side, I suppose they make us appreciate the crisp, short autumn days all the more.
On the upside, if you see mowing as a chore rather than a delight, it is time to make what is likely to be the final cut of the year. Ensure the mower blades are at their highest setting.
There is still time to plant tulips and to plant and divide perennials. You can plant deciduous hedges and all kinds of deciduous shrubs and trees.
You can also move established plants if you have come to the conclusion they are in the wrong spot. Cut back longer shoots and dig out the plant with as large a root ball as you can manage for replanting in a prepared planting hole deeper and wider than the root ball.
For a really satisfying garden workout give the vegetable patch a good dig and add well- rotted organic matter such as homemade compost or composted stable manure. If you feel more in the mood for a little pruning then winter prune established bushes and fruit trees (other than stone fruits such as plums and cherries).
So perhaps I shouldn’t be too gloomy when there is still a great gardening month ahead!