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


2 October 2011

Midsummer in October!

Summer morning in October!
As usual, it was practically dark when we finished!  BUT, we did get a lot of jobs done!  Not least planting the shrubs bought at Stone House Cottage garden:

  • Ledum groenlandicum
  • Heptacodium jasminoides
  • Vibernum plicatum Mariessii

Fernery Path
Oh and for good measure; a Rhododendrum Princess Alice.  I defy you to spot the first 2 in this photo!  The smallest PTC Prunus died and so that was duly removed and its very healthy clematis moved to the tool shed balcony.  Patching the remaining square of turf was the challenge as we stole minute bits by edging elsewhere.  The summerhouse was painted with wood preserve as were all the finials around the Hen Pen.  (We won't mention Chris on the summerhouse roof and a borrowed and brand new shiny steps when he spilled the paint!!! However, it involved hot soapy water, much scrubbing and a pressure washer!!)  We have the greenhouse to do next week.  Wallflowers were also planted and Chris went round with his blower leaving everything looking pretty tidy. 

Paul, Ian & Al (after their roast pork!)

Unbelievably, we had lunch al fresco today - 
difficult to realise it's actually October!

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