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


22 May 2018

Meanwhile, down in the greenhouse...!

...It's busy, BUSY, BUSY!
As it's been so cold, nothing too tender has been planted out and there's been a bit more of a backlog than usual as I try to move things out and into the cold frames for hardening off. This is the biggest greenhouse I've ever owned and it's full! Plants are everywhere. I can hardly walk from one end to the other! I can hardly reach over to open the windows as there is a double row of Chrysanthemums in pots alongside the tomatoes. Chrysanthemums are a first for me. I just fancied having a go at some spray varieties for cutting later in the year. Marrow and courgette plants are taking up acres of space with their spreading and prickly leaves. Lord Bute Regal Pelargoniums are displaying their usual colourful arrogance and these are always so thirsty! Having made it through the winter, Heliotropes are filling the air with their cherry-like fragrance. We also have trays of lettuce plants and a mini propagation area where  there are Geranium cuttings all in various stages of growth.  Zantedeschias are putting on lots of growth as are the Agapanthus and Gingers. I really MUST put some of these out before I'm overwhelmed!

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