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


16 February 2014

More Snowdrops and Hellebores.

The wettest winter in decades hasn't put these Snowdrops and Hellebores off from putting in more appearances in the Woodland Border.  However, it does mean that their appearances are probably more welcome than ever before.  It's just been too wet to tidy up the old leaves from around the Hellebores - in fact, it's been too wet and/or too wild and windy to do pretty much anything in the garden!  We came home this morning to find the bird house lying on the Yew hedge!  Normally, if it's wet, I can find jobs like pruning the Wisteria but, in these gales, I don't fancy being blown off a ladder!

I never find photographing Snowdrops at all easy and certainly not when crouching down on wet ground in freezing cold gale force conditions (and no tripod of course!) with the poor flowers  being blown around all over the place! Not only that: the Woodland Border is in front of a high south facing hedge and so the lighting is less than ideal for photography but at least the Snowdrops are happy.  Anyway, the photos do show how well Chris's mushrooms have weathered over the years.  If it ever dries up, we might be able to do more work on the path and the log retreat.

A few more photos of a very WET Woodland Border:

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