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.

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22 November 2015

Fern Frolics!

Now you see him....
...now you don't
After all the unseasonably mild weather, the temperature plummeted and gales raged throughout the night.  The garden looked like a battle scene with leaves, twigs and small branches all over the lawns and a major limb from the the oldest pear tree had crashed down across the Fernery path.  

Safely stowed
Strong and bitterly cold north winds and glacial temperatures made the clear up memorable!!  Our first job was to remove the tree fern from the terrace and settle it safely in the greenhouse for winter.  It's grown so much; getting to the greenhouse wasn't easy - in fact Chris couldn't be seen at all as he towed it along on a sack truck!  Having arrived in the greenhouse, it was a very tight squeeze and next year, I think it will have to come out of its container and be planted in the woodland border.  Yes, I know that would mean lots of winter protection would be needed but I reckon we should be able to manage it.




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