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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5 October 2014

Out with the old..............

........and in with the new.

After our Indian summer it seemed such a shame to lift all the geraniums in full flower.  The hot and dry weather has meant that watering has continued to be as necessary now as it was back in July.  For once, the forecasters seemed to have their fingers on the button so with the promise of storms and plummeting temperatures, it was out with summer bedding and in with bulbs, cyclamens, irises and violas.  The geraniums were cut back, potted up and put in the freshly cleaned out greenhouse for winter.    After a riot of so much colour so late in the season, the pots and tubs all look a tad bare now but, hopefully in March, they will all spring into life once again.  I have layered the different bulbs in an effort to prolong continuity of colour.  Well, that's about half of the containers done...............!
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