The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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9 October 2016

Shades of early autumn.

Cyclmen Coum


Parthenocissus Tricuspidata
A Japanese Acer of unknown providence!

It's looking more and more autumnal as the days shorten and the temperatures cool off. The cyclamen are flowering along the Fernery path and the Acers and Virginia creeper are glowing with colour. We've been lucky enough to enjoy a few perfect sunny autumn days when the air is still and the low light shows off brief autumn colours to their very best. The pots have now all been planted up with bulbs so, hopefully, we have plenty of spring colour to look forward to. As usual, I planted in layers in an effort to prolong displays. Chris isn't a fan of bulbs as he finds the dying leaves far outlast the displays of flowers. I have to say he's right and they look so untidy and unsightly for months after flowering! Planting in containers means that they can easily be moved out of sight after flowering!

A few pots of sleeping bulbs outside the studio!


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