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!
27 July 2014
This is the avocado that spent an entire English winter in a compost heap in the coldest part of the garden. It came to light last spring when the compost was being used to top dress borders. It just proves just how much warmth is generated during the decomposition process. I know it can never grow to anywhere near its full size but we'll see how we go. It's main trouble has been constant attacks by woolly aphids and lots of them! It's just been potted up and sprayed and future winters will be spent in the conservatory!