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


7 January 2013

Out with the old

A cheered up terrace path
4 consecutive dry days!!  Time to rid pots and tubs of much overdue dead summer bedding - hopelessly late I know but with the amount of rainfall we've had and the river still in flood...........

Drab summer bedding remains

4 of the new purchases

Anyway a trip to Keith Bolton's in Lower Broadheath and a couple of trays of Primulas and a few Polyanthus later - suddenly it's looking quite cheerful even on a very dull and overcast day.  I chose a paler colour to contrast against the backdrop of the dark Yew hedge.  On the other side of the house, I've gone for some darker leaved varieties with hues of pink as well as oranges and blues.  On the grounds that the Primulas will only be in residence for  a few months, I haven't replaced all the potting medium either but instead added fish, blood and bonemeal with a few granules of Growmore and forked it all in really well.   I'm hoping that the sparrows don't find them too appetising!

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