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


7 February 2016

Prairie Mush

Even on a dry day; what's to like?

It's that time of year when, after the world's wettest winter that I wonder what the UK prairie planting fanatics' gardens are looking like!  Even those who promote not cutting down dead stalks and seed heads (leaving them for the birds to feed on or the frosts to dust in a picturesque manner) must be having second thoughts!  Surely, their garden views must be a brown, wet and soggy mess?  I know what you're thinking! When the winter storms end (if they ever do) and the new spring growth starts to peep through, everything looks fresher and full of hope. What I don't understand is exactly what winter pleasure is there in a UK prairie garden. Our winters can be long, wet and gloomy - the very time we crave colour and interest in a garden. Having scoured Google; there are no pictures of UK prairie gardens on a dark and wet winter's day. Come to that; no pictures of anyone's anywhere else in the world.  No pictures of flattened brown mushy stalks smashed down by high winds and persistent heavy rain. However, I did find this one and I'm still not convinced that it's thing for the average UK garden!  It's even taken on a dry sunny day!! I'm not usually controversial here so, tell me. Am I missing something?

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