The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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8 May 2014

Outgoing Urns

With help, urns and pots have been moved out of the greenhouse and empty ones planted up with the phormiums which spent the winter in the greenhouse. When the weather warms up even more, I'll pop something trailing around them.  The succulents are also now exposed to the May elements. The trouble is with the big plants and urns is that there's no way I can harden them off. They come straight out of the relative heat of the greenhouse into whatever the weather throws at them. It's the same with the tree fern and the lemon tree which over winter in the conservatory. No way can they go into a cold frame first it's make or break!  I even dared to put out a couple of pretty geraniums but they do have the shelter of alcoves in a sunny wall.  Now the pots are out, there's room for tomato plants in the greenhouse - at last!!
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