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


22 March 2014

More Blossom - More Perfume

Daphne Mezereum

At last!  The Daphne is coming into flower and the scent is amazingly intoxicating!  I can't wait for the rest of the shrub to bloom.  Strange to know that a plant that produces such beauty and perfume is so poisonous.  I have a smaller Daphne which is actually a self set - how lucky is that?  Adding to this heady melange of perfumes wafting around the garden at present are the numerous hyacinths now in in flower and the 3 Lonicera Fragrantissima's which started to open their flower buds in early February continue to wow the olfactories with their contributions! Anosmia must be a terrible affliction for a gardener especially at this time of year! 

The ornamental cherries are coming into flower and whilst not particularly scented, they are full of even more very busy bees!  Can anyone out there put a name to this particular Japanese white ornamental cherry?  It's actually a miniature variety of Prunus and it would be interesting to know its name.

Unknown Japanese ornamental cherry

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