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


14 November 2014

Automatic Greenhouse Shading off for the Winter!

Now that the automatic greenhouse shading has done its job for the summer and the vine has now conveniently dropped all its leaves, these plants are being allowed maximum light during the darkest time of the year.  It has to be the easiest and most conveniently natural way to provide shade in a greenhouse.  Easier even than flicking a switch!  Oh and did I mention zero cost?  This greenhouse is not 'heated' as such but the heater thermostat is set to keep the temperature just above freezing - which is fine for these plants which are just being grown for a little winter colour and fragrance.

Just 2 hyacinths have filled the air with their perfume but actually the little Cyclamens have their own much softer perfume as does the yellow Primula.  None of the other coloured Primulas have any perfume at all.  There are bulbs in the larger terracotta pots - not planted as early as I'd have liked!  Hopefully, they'll follow on and provide a little continuity.

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