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


15 November 2014

All Bark and Plenty of Bite!

Acer griseum
Inherited common Birch - probably a Betula Pendula or Pubescens
Prunus Serrula
It's not just the leaves that are full of colour!  Check out the paper bark maple (Acer Griseum) and the Birches.  I know!  Here she goes again but all summer long this fab bark has been hidden by the leaf canopies and suddenly all these naked forms are being revealed fro winter!  When these have lost their remaining leaves, the bark will stand out even more. This is exactly what's needed on a dark winter's day.  Despite all the hard work devoted to leaf clearing, it's worth every minute.  Some of these trees are uplit at night and they look more spectacular in winter than in summer.  I find that surprising as I imagined that in summer when there's a lot of leaf surface from which the light can bounce, they would carry more impact.  Not so.  The skeletal forms of winter are far more striking - especially in snow!

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