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 June 2012

Flash floods, fields and flowers...

Rainy roses


With biblical thunderstorms, it was far too wet to even consider gardening.  Instead, errands and appointments were kept.  It was hard not to feel smug having mowed all the lawns before the storms arrived.  Weatherwise - it was quite a day.  Torrential and positively equatorial rain all morning meant flood water even in the greenhouse!  No watering the tomatoes needed as they were awash. In Ombersley the floodwater was 18" deep and yet by the the afternoon it had nearly all disappeared and the sun came out.

Ombersley in the morning
Mawley Hall and acres of waving oats in the afternoon
A freshly showered Osteospermum......
..and yet 'Fox-Dragons' bathed in afternoon sunshine.

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