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


21 March 2016

Viola Villa!

Chinese pots near the porch
One of 3 urns near the old chimney
With spring around the corner, it's time to brighten up all the pots and tubs with some violas. For the past couple of years, I've given up an universal winter Pansies.  I have found that they succumb to blackspot and other fungal diseases so, rather than see plants struggling to make it through the winter, I have been leaving planting up until the worst of the winter weather is over,  I also find that Violas are a little more disease resistant than Pansies and aren't completely flattened by high winds or heavy rains!

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