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


28 January 2014

Miniature Fragrance Bombs!

Sarcococca flowers
Hamamellis Mollis
Lonicera Fragrantissima
Despite the vicious squalls and never ending rain, we have had a couple of frosts so it's all the more amazing to find shrubs exuding heady perfumes so early in the year.  One wonders what insects they are hoping to attract so early in the season.  Although a photo can't portray the scent, it can demonstrate the relatively tiny and insignificant size of these winter flowers.  Their tiny sizes make the the strength of their perfume all the more amazing!  In fact; this amount of Sarcococca Confusa

Sarcococca Confusa

fills the entire garden with perfume - NO exaggeration, promise!

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