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


18 August 2013

Messing in the Myrtle

Fragrant Fuzziness

Our Myrtle (Communis) is now 3 or 4 years old and, after a couple of early savage winters had taken their toll; it looked pathetically burnt so I pruned it hard back.  Last year it greened up, looked much healthier and had  a few sparse blooms.  THIS year, it's amazing and yet it's been outside in a west facing pot for the past 2 years facing all that mother nature threw at it - which was plenty earlier this year!  It's an absolute mass of bloom and fragrant fuzziness.  No wonder all royal brides have a few springs of this in their wedding bouquets!

Love those stamens!

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