The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


4 February 2010

They're not blooming at Pirus Tabernus yet

Left: This little breath of spring was found in a wooded valley near Monchique, Portugal

The banks of the valley were covered in Mimosa all out in full bloom and the air was heavy with their perfume.  We do have snowdrops out but our own Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata) grown from Seeds brought back from Australia is looking a little battered following the recent wintry weather.  The best specimen is 15 feet but has yet to flower.  Does anyone know at what age they flower?

Below: The lower half of our home grown specimen

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