Gardening seems to slow down in winter, but there are still a few chores that you can do if you need a break from the Christmas preparations. It is a good time for winter pruning of clematis. Several varieties may be cut to 3' , and be reduced to 12" in early March. The viticellas, texensis and large-flowered Jackmanii types will all benefit, and the garden will look tidier once the tangle of dead foliage is removed. Secateurs or even shears will do the job, you don't need to be precise.