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


8 July 2015

Roses for Noses!

Port Sunlight
Port Sunlight in the foreground

This has been such a good year for roses, I thought I'd post a few photos.  The Paul's Himalayan Musk is not the only one with high ideas.  Rambling Rector is at least 35 feet high and cascading down the old pear tree.  Soon the lawn will be covered in its white petals.  The shrub roses have bloomed well and no excessive rain to spoil them.  With roses on both sides of the lawn now, we have certainly noticed their heady perfume when just waking across the lawn.  We underplanted the shrub roses with Golden Marjoram.  Since the photo was taken the beech hedge behind the roses has been trimmed and the Golden Marjoram cut down to maintain its dense mounds.  In a few weeks, we will be able to enjoy its dense mounds once again.  It too has a delicious scent when the mower just brushes past.  At open gardens, there were more questions about the Golden Marjoram than any other plant!
Rambling Rector


The old Albertine over the sitting room window is a real old faithful. Every year it's a mass of bloom for about 5 minutes and for that brief time is a real show.  Every year it's guaranteed to get a good dose of mildew regardless of the weather!!  Every year after blooming and with a good dose of mildew, it looks really shabby!  

Rambling Rector behind the kiosk

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