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


1 December 2013

'A rose by any other name...........'

After a little prune

Now here's an interesting take!  Roses don't come any more common that the ubiquitous wild Dog Rose (Rosa Canina).  It just goes to prove that expensive cultivars can't always beat Mother Nature when it comes to the simplicity of this beauty.  Chris  get's all the credit for growing it over the Pear Gate.  We were in and out of the gate all afternoon and it showed neither gratitude nor mercy and - snagging him everytime he walked underneath.  Worse still - drawing blood on each occasion.  There's only so much ingratitude one can take! It therefore suffered some of the conifer's fate and underwent a bit of a haircut!

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