The gardens at 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!


5 December 2014

Rescued from Cruelty, Neglect & Abuse

 This little Garrya Elliptica (Silk Tassel Bush) has had the worst possible start in life.  Talk about abuse!  Two years ago, it was a Christmas present from Chris and began life in the lower border.  A Gunnera grew over the top of it and it sat there alone, neglected and forgotten in almost complete darkness.  Worse abuse was to follow.  As it was so obscured and when the Gunnera died back, several wheelbarrows of top soil were emptied right on top of it. It looked in such a sorry state with diseased leaves which were brown and curling.  I was consumed with guilt and embarrassment!  What a way to treat a Christmas present!   Earlier this year, its suffering was suddenly noticed.  Rescue was immediate and it was removed and brought up to the terrace path and re-planted against the house.  Now, in its  more sheltered more sheltered position, it has made the most remarkable recovery.  What a difference a little T.L.C. makes!

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