The gardens of 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!


9 June 2014

A Rose Garden by any other name?

Locally made rose supports
Following the recent thunderstorms and heavy downpours, I happy to say that the roses haven't suffered too badly.  This is largely due to their new metal supports.  As they are planted in front of a hedge they naturally lean out for light and then flopped dangerously over the lawn edge.  This meant that they were a perfect target for any heavy rain. 

Trellis roses
  I thought long and hard about how best they could be supported.  In the end, I paid our J.W.Lanes, our local agricultural engineers a visit over at Stanford and they made some up for me to my own design.  They are actually backless - less metal so less cost.  They will of course be allowed to rust naturally.  The roses have been underplanted with Golden Marjoram.  This replaced the geraniums which also flopped everywhere!  No flopping is allowed here!

As we now have roses on 3 sides of the top lawn, are we allowed to call it a rose garden?

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