The gardens of Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate - PHZ 8, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!
It all began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but most of all demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.
15 October 2011
The Great Indian Summer of 2011
It's the 15th October and still the height of summer here at PTC. That means the grass is still growing and that means it's still being mowed twice a week (Sigh!) and THAT means no time to remove all the Geraniums from their pots! Not are we not usually mowing grass but, if we are, we don't usually find it hot work in October!
We're still picking raspberries and a Choysia is in full bloom as are some Polyanthus. Not only are we having summer temperatures but it's sooooo dry - STILL! So much for autumn planting! Shrubs planted last week are requiring so much watering as are the pots around the house.
Aptly named Autumn Bliss
All lawns were mowed and edged today and the stone path to the compost heap was reshaped. It was a difficult job because the path narrows, has a camber and the conifer means that much of the grass on one side is dead! I had a very musical companion for company! He was perched on the wheelbarrow inches away from where I was working and hopped into the Gleditsia for a photo shoot after being fed a worm.