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


24 October 2015

Major Greenhouse Clear Out

It's been a lovely surprise to find that despite being away so long, we haven't actually missed autumn - well, not all of it.  I had half thought that all the leaves would have fallen when we returned home but not a bit of it!  There is still plenty of colour although they are falling fast now and today's heavy rain accelerated the leaf fall......more clearing up to do!.

The greenhouse was overdue for a major clear out.  time to pull out all the old tomato plants and remove all the cane supports, cut back the Geraniums and Pelargoniums and generally have a good clean up.  The vine was pruned back, the staging rearranged and both staging and woodwork was re-stained.  Gone is the green lush and verdant look of summer.  The green leafy ceiling provided by the vine leaves has also gone so as to maximise light in the ever shortening days.  Having slabbed beneath the low level staging on the left has meant that there's more storage area for overwintering geraniums. Maybe oiling the old tiles and the brick path was taking things a bit too far but it does give the colours much more depth.  As long as no one slips on them - ahem!

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