I sowed some Florence Fennel seed in autumn. It was pretty late – already getting cold. I thought I had read somewhere you could sow it in autumn. I see now in a cool climate, Sep – Feb is the recommended sowing period. But it germinated eventually, and the frosts didn’t kill it. This is it now:
In the winter of 2015 I’ve planted seven stepover apples along the top of a tall retaining wall, oriented north-south, in a position that gets full sun all year. At the moment some of them are behind some raised beds and so their roots will be shaded from the afternoon sun in summer.