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


26 October 2014

Violas versus Pansies

Meanwhile, these are some of the Violas I planted out a couple of weeks ago.  I do find that they cope much better with winter weather, if planted out early when they can get established before the worst of the weather arrives.  These are some of Keith Bolton's specials from Heath Nursery, Lower Broadheath.  As I said in a previous post, although smaller flowers than Pansies, they are more disease resistant and therefore less susceptible to fungal diseases.  They all have rather cross faces though!

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