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


29 November 2010

English winters as we remember......

First dusting of snow for the winter

Bluebelle's first view of frost and snow

Bluebelle wondering whether to go back to bed!

A Case for not dead heading Sedums too early!

Snow and heavy frosts in November just it used to be!!  Where are all those Global Warming Gardeners promoting the planting of Mediterranean plants in our English climate?  Just because we have a few years of milder winters!  Hasn't our climate always enjoyed cyclical variations over the centuries?

Bluebelle certainly looked a little dubious upon seeing saw frost for the first time.  Despite the cold, the girls are continuing to lay 4 eggs a day and somebody laid 2 yesterday - making the daily total: 5.  Not bad for 4 young ladies.

Our heron was standing on the thick ice in the middle of the pond looking very forlorn.  Wary enough to see me trying to photograph him - he was soon up and away!

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