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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9 July 2015

Pruning Curtains

I purposely allow the Wisteria and Albertine clamber around the windows at this time of year.  They make perfect exterior curtains and I love to see the filtered, cool green light in the house.  It also helps to reduce fabric and furniture fading in the strong summer sunlight.  These exterior curtains also keep the rooms much cooler. When the sun moves round, it will be the perfect time to cut back the whippy tendrils of the Wisteria.  They won't get their next pruning until February when the side shoots will be cut back again to 3 - 5 buds.  I expect the sparrows will then steal all the juicy fat flower buds as they always do - sigh!  In the dark days of winter, the windows are freed from their green fetters and the weak winter sunlight allowed to flood back in.  My photos don't do justice to my system!

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