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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6 February 2015

Battles in the Greenhouse.


Despite constant battles with mildew and whitefly in the greenhouse, we do have some colour and fragrance.  Mildew decimated the Cyclamens and whitefly attacked the Pansies.  Whilst the Pansies have made a recovery, alas, the Cyclamen still look rather ragged.  The little Tete-a-tetes are showing colour as are the Hyacinths and the Primulas which have also been affected by mildew seem to be winning their battle rather better than the Cyclamens!  All in all, this winter seems to have been one long battle against vermin, pestilence and disease.  I know this has always been the fate of gardeners but, this winter has been worse than most!



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