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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24 November 2013

Weirdness amongst the colour.

Viburnum
Silver Birch
I know I said it would be the last word on colour a couple of posts ago BUT we've had a couple more really sunny and frosty days and the colours have been even more dazzling! IN my defence of all this colour thing; I just know it really cannot last much longer and it's so much later than usual -

Berberis
I think that's why I continue to be wowed by it.  It's not just the Beeches in both hedges with their  yellows and golds but the Viburnums, Berberis and Pyracanthas as well as all the different Acers. With a bright blue sky as a back drop; who wouldn't want to take loads of piccies?  For more PTC autumn colour in November, checkout the link beneath: 
Beech hedge
https://picasaweb.google.com/100788191989823327785/MoreNovemberColour#

WEIRD NATURE
Now here's a strange thing.  How many of you have ever noticed that a Beech hedge keeps all its leaves until spring and waits until the emerging new buds literally push off the previous year's leaves whereas a Beech tree drops all its leaves in autumn and remains bare all winter?  Both can be identical varieties yet adopt these opposing habits.  I know it's because a hedge is trimmed frequently and so the 'tree' of which the hedge consists has newer and younger growth whereas yer normal tree is never pruned or trimmed and so doesn't have so much new growth but, it's still pretty clever stuff!
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