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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12 July 2014

Send for Farrow & Ball!

Cerinthe major purpurescens


Not too many plants exhibit leaves which are nearly as blue as its flowers.  I bet Farrow and Ball would come up with great names for these shades of blue for their paints! Even their common name of Honeywort is attractive - common that is for Cerinthe, not Farrow & Ball!.  It's quite intriguing and I have a couple of groups both in sunny positions. Hopefully they will choose to seed everywhere! Talking of seeds, I also have some Smyrnium perfoliatum seeds which, by all accounts, are tricky to germinate.  I know that they are triennials (which is unusual) and need to be sown in situ and with eternal patience!!  Since I have never had any luck getting any of these seeds to germinate yet, I shall try once more 'cos I do love their acid green foliage.
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