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


19 April 2015

Forest Flames and Flaming Fires!

Pieris Forest Flame is really living up to its name in the Woodland Border especially in the evening sunshine. Nearby, the Under Gardener was enojoying leaping flames of his own contrivance. These bright red new shoots begin life in these vivid colours and then fade through pale lemon and pale green before turning a darker green.. The flowers hand like bunches of mini grapes.

A few yards away, our Under Gardener could just be seen through the smoke stoking his own flames and burning brash from Elderberry and conifer pruning.

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