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


27 March 2014

Easy & Effortless Elephants' Ears.


We have moved a couple of shrubs which we felt were just a little too close to our favourite Wedding Cake Tree (Cornus Controversa Variegata).  It's looking so pretty, it just has to have pride of place!  At only 4' tall, I can hardly wait for it to put on more height.  The base of it can just about be discerned in the background - it is still a baby after all!  Despite it looking a tad lopsided in the photo, in reality it's perfectly upright.  The Elephants' Ears (Bergenias) nearby are rather more prominent and are flowering quite prolifically.  These plants are both easy and effortless!  They flower reliably and increase without taking over and seem happy with just the odd tidy up.  What more could you ask from a plant?

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