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.

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11 January 2015

Plant Labelling Made Easier





The year before last, I carefully labelled all my lily bulbs using a 'permanent' marker on a white plastic label.  I tucked the label down the edge of the pot ensuring sunlight wouldn't bleach out the ink.  Last autumn when I repotted the bulbs; I found that every name was totally illegible and, to all intents and purposes, the white plastic labels were just that.........pristine white plastic and not a single visible letter.  You would have thought I'd used invisible ink!!  Anyway - look what I had for Christmas!!  A garden labeller which has a cassette containing label ribbon  and prints out and cuts individual sticky labels.  Now, can anyone help identify 9 pots of differing lily bulbs??

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