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!


9 June 2017

Gales in June!

Damage & debris
The Top Lawn
The Top Lawn
Yet another flattened foxglove

High winds in June do so much more damage than they can possibly do in winter and this week has just proved it.  With all the trees in full leaf, there's SO much more wind resistance. Leaves and branches were torn from trees, foxgloves flattened and the lawn covered in debris - SIGH!

Still at least it the gales didn't arrive for open gardens.  Today was an exercise in damage limitation, mowing and generally clearing, and tying up.  Even the Wisteria around the conservatory had been ripped off.  After a mow round, things looked a little better although I did feel sorry for the roses!

It seems that a rose garden has evolved quite by accident. It's too pretentious to call it that and so it's known simply as the Top lawn!  

The Lower Border

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