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.

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7 April 2018

Spring arrives for just a single day!

The Woodland Border
Pots of spring flowers by the back door
Spring arrived yesterday but, has now disappeared and we're back to the normal rainy, grey, cold weather....sigh!  Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.  Everything in the garden is late, late, LATE!  The vegetable garden is still not dug, pond margins not weeded and no HOPE of sowing seeds or planting potatoes.  We have plants laid in waiting to be planted in soggy wet borders. We flatly refuse to tread or compact wet soil so there they wait!
A strange blue colour in the sky!!

Hellebores in the Woodland Border.
Despite the appalling weather, the Camelias are blooming their socks off, the Woodland Border is looking very springlike and the Magnolias are beginning to exhibit a little colour as the flower buds swell.  My first Trillium looks amazing and I can't wait to see its flower. Pulmonarias, Wood Anemones, Euphorbias and Hellebores have overtaken the Snowdrops and Aconites and, coming up in the outside lane are Lilies-of-the-valley.

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