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!


22 March 2013

Global Warming Gripe!

............and while we're discussing the vicissitudes of the English weather: where exactly all those learned people who, not so long ago, earnestly extolled the virtues of drought resistant and drought tolerant plants?  The same people who advised us humble gardeners that we should be growing arrid Mediterranean loving plants??  The people who told us that, due to high levels of global warming, we would no longer need to worry about 'having' to grow hardy plants and shrubs. The very people who straight faced advised that the British climate was becoming hotter.  Not so very long ago, every T.V. gardening programme, periodical and magazine article lectured us all and actively promoted this style of gardening - in fact they positively preached until we were tired of hearing the same old drivel. I just have a couple of questions.
Did they heed their own advice?  If so...
                         exactly did their gardens grow???  
This link is definitely worth a second glance!    UK Plant Hardiness Map

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