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


11 March 2012

It's looking a lot like spring!!

It really is!  The snowdrops have all faded and the spring flowers are popping up all over the place.  In the woodland border the Hellebores and Pulmonarias are looking really colourful as are the Primulas and Croci.   Even the Symphytums are budding up and the day glow acid green of the Euphorbia's adds another dimension to spring colour.  Today was a plant acquisition day and we came home with Celandines ( Brazen Hussy) more Pulmonarias and Wood Anemones - both wild and hybrids.  I know Celandines can be a nuisance and that. once planted, I'll never be rid of them but I love 'em! 

Lawn mowing has commenced which has meant miles of edging and mowing until the end of next autumn which seems a very long way away right now.  I wonder how many miles I'll have walked behind a lawn mower by then!

In the greenhouse we've had good germination rate with purple sprouting, leeks, Greyhound cabbages and various herbs. The exception is the Alyssum Saxatile.  Out of an entire pack of Sutton's seeds only about 4 germinated.  For the very first time, I've also lost some chitting Arran Pilots to rot.  Never ever been known before.  Why exactly do rotting potatoes smell quite so AWFUL?

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