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


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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