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


16 October 2016

Perfect Perfume Planning

South facing raised border
Erysimum cheiri
Erysimum cheiri Blood Red
Erysimum cheiri Cloth of Gold

Although we've been enjoying lovely sunny, still and colourful autumn days, we still have to look ahead to spring. It was off down to Keith Bolton's at Heath Nursery, Lower Broadheath for some wallflowers. I came home with 2 colours: 'Cloth of Gold' and 'Blood Red' - all grown in Evesham and traditionally sold in bundles of 10, wrapped in newspaper and tied with string! I came home with 2 scores.  

Once again these have been planted in a raised border so that when in bloom, they'll be exactly at nose height! This is vital nose-worthy strategy ensuring maximum olfactory benefit and, as if that wasn't enough, there's a strategically placed seat opposite! There were enough left to plant up a couple of pots by the back door. It's amazing to think they're actually a genus of the cabbage or mustard family and smell nothing like them!! All these hardy little beauties will take all that winter can throw at them before bursting forth with colour and perfume in spring. If only everything was as easy!

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