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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23 July 2014

Only a man!

We  have an Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum Sambac) growing in the conservatory.  The perfume from a single flower is just incredible!  I wish I could upload its perfume - that's a hint for Googlers to work on! These are the flowers used in Jasmine tea and, along with its more common  relation: Jasminum Officinale is grown for the perfume industry.  It flowers reliably and I even managed to propagate a cutting last year which is thriving in the greenhouse but has yet to flower.  In the winter, the one in the conservatory had a real problem with Woolly Aphids and many of the leaves turned bright yellow and died.  This however, has not prevented it from producing these delicious flowers.  For such an exquisite plant, Linnaeus really didn't give it much of a name did he?  Even as far back as 1753, I think I could have come up with a better name than Sambac!  It's not even an Arabian native but originated in Bhutan.  Still, he was only a man!


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