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


2 March 2016

Chris brings a cherry tree...

A present from Chris - a Stella cherry.  This is what Thompson & Morgan has to say about it:  

Cherry 'Stella'

Prunus avium, Sweet Cherry,

Britain's best known dessert cherry that reliably produces firm, dark red fleshed fruits with the sweetest flavour, that can be harvested from mid July to August. 

A Canadian bred variety, Cherry 'Stella' makes an attractive tree both in flower or when laden with fruit.

Grafted onto a dwarfing rootstock, to produce a compact, productive cherry tree with good sized fruits. This cherry is well suited to growing in small spaces and 60cm (2') diameter containers, or trained against a wall. 'Stella' is self-fertile and therefore does not require a pollination companion. Height and spread: 2.5m (8') Rootstock: Gisella® 6.

We've planted it in the same hedge line as 'Mrs. Carwood's' wild cherry in the vain hopes that any thieving birds will prefer the wild variety - I did say vain hope! Chris expects to actually taste some of these as he missed out on his walnuts!  One aspect we don't have to worry about here is pollination.  It's an advantage being surrounded by an orchard on three sides and this new little cherry makes 3 in our garden.

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