The gardens of 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!


15 November 2014

Beacon in the Garden!

I know I keep banging on about colour but we Brits associate November with darkness, wet, fog and general greyness!!  We don't associate this month with the sort of colour that abounds right now.  We have one Acer that sits pretty much in the middle of the garden totally exposed to winds and sun and I don't think it's meant to be this happy!!  Most Acers prefer dappled shade and a modicum of shelter from wind.  Right now this one is the jewel in the crown and its colour is startling from every other point in the garden.  Even from the kitchen it's like a giant glowing lamp! When the sun shines, its nothing short of dazzling and on the darkest day it's like a big warm beacon.  As if that wasn't good enough - to think that when it drops all its leaves, we get to compost them all!  Oh, and in case you're wondering: it's an Acer palmatum dissectum Seiryu and it moved here in a pot from my last garden!

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