The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


24 July 2012

Summer arrives at PTC

OK!  So summer's arrived with a bang!!  Late but it's here.  Time to spring clean the summer house and sweep out an entire year's worth of cobwebs and their inhabitants.  Even the floor had another coat of stain.  The bike shed also saw some progress as it's new tin roof had a coat of undercoat and 2 coats of green oxide - even the underside of the overhang had a coat of Farrow and Ball's 'French Grey'.  The floor and also the wooden retaining boards had a coat of preservative in readiness for Chris's next visit.

Despite a whole winter's battle against plagues and infestations of whitefly, sooty mould and woolly aphids, the Brugmansia has come out smiling.  It even snubbed at the advances of sharpened secateurs and in the setting sun, it's easy to see why its name is Angels' Trumpets.

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