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


10 November 2014

Frosty Stripes!

Well!  After such a prolonged spell of such unseasonably warm weather, the first frost was always going to come as a bit of a shock.  After all, we've gone from working outside in short sleeves to the reality of proper November weather!  It's so unusual to be cutting lawns in November.  The drop in temperature has been dramatic and will hasten the remaining leaf fall.  Those which aren't ready to drop will colour up a lot more.  The Acer Palmatum Dissectum Seiryu still has the majority of its leaves and we're still waiting its usual really sizzling red colour change.  What's weird about these photos is seeing lawn mower stripes on a frosty November lawn!  Yep I did a high cut only 2 days earlier!  Maybe it'll stop growing now?

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