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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10 December 2013

Reds in the Beds!



Now the leaves have all dropped, things are looking rather bare so how nice to see the Dogwoods (Cornus Sanguinea) in the Aspen Grove with their brilliant red stems shining in the sunshine.  I cut these down every March to keep the colour of the young stems.  The offcuts can then be woven into colourful and natural looking plant supports.  I make a circle of uprights round a dustbin lid then weave horizontal stems and hey presto.  Even more seasonal, why not weave a colourful Christmas wreath?

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