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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5 February 2014

Paying the Price!

Beaten but not broken!


Since the still and mild sunny day on Sunday, have we ever paid  the price? More storms, high winds and lashing rain.  Water running off the fields and out of hills as it just has nowhere else to go. Pity the poor people in Somerset. Despite the incessant battering and an all too fleeting window of sunshine; it was a real lift to see the little cross face of a viola bloom braving these violent elements. These, along with pansies, were planted back in the autumn and as they were in so early and the temperatures were really mild, they established really well and have been flowering really well all winter long.  The only trouble is; the constant squally rain just keeps beating them all down...............sigh!

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