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


11 September 2014

A.W.O.L. in Alaska!

Just because Chief Blogger has been a tad quiet of late, doesn't mean that all gardening instincts have been ignored!  She has been exploring gardens further afield and paid a very interesting visit to the Botanical Gardens of Alaska.  It was amazing so see the large numbers and varieties of peonies!  The average U.K. gardener probably doesn't think of them thriving in these winters!  In the wild Cinquefoils and Plantains are in abundance as are wild lupins and Purple Loosestrife is everywhere! The only difference is that the locals call it Fireweed!!  The hardy geraniums were impressive as not one of the varieties grown flopped.  All were sturdy and slightly lower growing.  It's well into autumn and the seasonal colours are the golds and yellows of the Cottonwoods, Aspens and Birches.  On the high ground, the first dusting of snow was evident - gulp!  Oh well this is the land of the glaciers and they say there are over 100,000!! Now that is an amazing statistic!!  More photos.

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