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.

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6 November 2013

Who needs fireworks??

Colour in the Woodland Border
Despite all the rain and despite having the world's soggiest garden (the top lawn being the very worst) things are looking a tad better following a good weekend tidy-up and a couple of dry and windy days.  We sheltered from Saturday's showers and trimmed the Yew hedge outside the utility window, plant out some wallflowers, finish off shrub planting by the Lion Steps and even rake up leaves.  On Sunday, we even managed to mow the lawns and orchard grass on a high cut.  More leaves were hoovered up in the process.  2 planters outside the back door were planted up with bright purple Violas and some Tete-a-tete miniature daffs.  It will mean a little splash of colour in the spring.
Acer Corner
Talking of colour: despite the fact it's Bonfire Night, we have plenty of brilliant colours. The Woodland Border is pretty green and shady for much of the year but the gold of this Acer is a real focal point right now.  Some of the leaves haven't yet turned.  None of the Birch leaves have turned but then, we haven't had our first frost..... yet!  With this much colour on a dull day in November - who needs fireworks?


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