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


29 January 2017

Jewels in January!

...and its highly fragrant tiny white spidery flowers
Sarcococca confusa..
It's that time of year when I was lyrical about Sarcoccoca also known as Sweet Box. We have 3 biggish shrubs in the lower border and a I kid you not, they fill the entire garden with scent from their tiny insignificant flowers! Now you can't say that about many other plants in a cold and frosty January no less! I so believe that every single garden in the country needs this plant - no matter how big or small.

Chris finds it a tad overpowering (probably a man thing!) but I just l-o-v-e  it! It's absolutely no trouble and dead easy to grow. It's evergreen and after flowering has lots of shiny black berries! There are several varieties but Sarcococca confusa is my favourite. 3 sprigs of these will fill a HUGE room with fragrance and beats any synthesised air fresheners!

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