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


1 May 2012

Gardening 1000 miles south of PTC

Xabia Police Station!
Jasminum Officinale

Just waiting to be picked
Bonsai specimens on parade

And these were the smaller specimens!

After all the garden projects at PTC; the Head and Under Gardeners sneaked off to sunny Spain for a few days warmth and a look round a couple of garden centres near Xabia.  It seems that horticulture is pretty popular - so much so; even the local nick had window boxes full  of brightly coloured geraniums.  Citrus abounded everywhere and the air was heavy with the scent of orange blossom and Jasmine.  We saw olives growing in large numbers and the locals swear their olive oil is far superior to any the Italians can produce.

Olive groves

Bonsai is obviously popular in this area Spain as the garden centres displayed row upon row of specimens.  Large collections of  succulents and cacti were all on sale but not for indoor planting!  There were huge mature palms and a Manitou on hand for the lifting.  All this and then back home to plummeting temperatures, high winds,  fallen trees, driving rain and yes - floods!

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