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!

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13 February 2015

Witch Hazel Spiders.


Despite constant battles with Red Spider Mites indoors, we now have an epidemic of yellow spiders all over the Witch Hazel and, very pleased we are to see them.  I have no idea how such tiny spidery flowers emit such a sweet perfume but they certainly do and on miserably cloudy February days they are even more welcome.  This particular Witch Hazel (Hammamellis Mollis) was a prezzy from Chris a few years back.  We planted at the base and in the corner of the trellis so that, when walking past the old brick chimney, it's at nose level!!

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