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


20 January 2018

Foul Weather Stops Play

Invisible hills!
Spot the Cyclamen on the right!
Cyclamen hederifolium
It's not very often that we call off Saturday garden work but, today we most definitely did - unanimously! It was raining, sleeting and snowing on and off all day long with glacially low temperatures. The cloud base was so low, we lost sight of Martley Hillside which meant that Woodbury Hill stood no chance at all of being seen. The entire garden was sopping wet and soggy.  Such conditions meant: no emptying the compost bay and top dressing or back filling borders and definitely no digging over the vegetable patch.   We togged up in waterproofs and took a walk around. The only real floral colour found in the entire garden were some Cyclamens (courtesy of Chris!) planted in November down by the conifer. The Snowdrops and Hellebores were only just emerging and I felt like telling them to stay put until the weather improves!

Time to go back indoors light the wood burner and peruse seed catalogues again!

I wish....

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