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


5 February 2016

Spring in February!


Actually, not only is it looking spring-like in the greenhouse but, the Woodland Border is definitely waking up.  Although the Hellebores started to bloom first, the snowdrops are fast catching up and the Pulmonarias are on their starting blocks. I did pick 3 Hellebores to enjoy on the table. I KNEW I shouldn't have because they never last 5 minutes in water. Yes. I know you can float the heads in bowls of water but does anyone actually know why they don't last if left on their stems?  Is there a trade secret I need to know? It's exactly the same with Camellias - even if you smash the stems. Just when we're desperate to have just a little taste of spring indoors, we know that those spring favourites are best left to be admired outside.

More Snowdrops

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