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


18 March 2014

Suspicious numbers of Tete-a-tetes!

There's practically nothing that Chris won't tackle head on!  No project is too big and nothing ever daunts him.  BUT if there's one job in the world that Chris really hates doing, it's planting bulbs! His second most hated job?  Planting lots of bulbs!!  With one single exception, he doesn't even like bulbs!  Why?  Because they look pretty for 5 minutes and then the dead flowers and dying leaves look awful for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks!  If the bulb is to survive, the dying leaves must be left to feed the bulb for next year's flowers.  Well, he's got a point.  His one exception is the Tete-a-tete variety and, the funny thing is, there are more of this variety evident at Pear Tree Cottage than ever before!  They've appeared in pots and tubs and urns - there are some in the Woodland Border and even some around the Acer along the Fernery Path.  Am I suspicious?

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