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!

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8 May 2013

Things are waking up in The Fernery




Most of the ferns had already had last year's fronds removed a few weeks ago but the Aspleniums were left until this afternoon.  It was a bit like opening Christmas presents.  As the old dead and crisp brown fronds were gently cut away, new fronds could be seen unfurling beneath.  It was pleasant work on a warm and sunny May afternoon with the scent of cherry and pear blossom hanging heavy in the air and a robin singing competitively in an Acer above me with a thrush on the highest bough of a conifer and to complete the trio, a distant cuckoo in the valley woodland.  As I worked, I pondered how nice it might be if I didn't know anything about gardening as if I knew nothing at all, I wouldn't worry about all the things that desperately needed doing! Mmm?

New stepping stones in the Fernery Path

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