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


16 July 2012

Everything's coming up roses.

Clockwise from top left: Rhapsody in Blue (Al's favourite) Munstead Wood (my favourite), Ferdninand Pichard & Port Sunlight (Chris's favourite)

A second visit to Davis Austin's followed by another crab salad (and, for Chris, a birthday) lunch meant that we came home with enough roses to finish off the top lawn border.  It now comprises of the following varieties:
Munstead Wood
Port Sunlight
The Countryman
Jude the Obscure
Ferninand Pichard (what a great name!)
Gertude Jekyll
Rhapsody in Blue
A James Galway also found its way into the shopping trolley and was planted up the dead pine tree (Chris's idea) which is one end of the hammock.  

The photo was taken during a very rare sunny moment after the rain had spoiled the majority of blooms.  Furthermore; the under-planting of Geraniums Johnson's Blue are hardly visible.  Hopefully and, with a decent summer next year, we'll enjoy boat loads of fragrant roses floating above a sea of vivid blue - fingers crossed!  
The finished border (showing the invisible Geraniums!)
Chris did a spot of very sly shopping and gave us a beautiful Nellie Moser which we planted up the telegraph pole - the other end of the hammock!  A totally unexpected and lovely surprise!

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