The gardens of 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 - PHZ 8, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!
It all began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but most of all demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.
22 December 2018
As if shampooing and blow drying trees wasn't enough, now we've taken to painting them - thus guaranteeing a white Christmas!!
It's a very continental arboreal approach and is done to reflect the sun's heat to prevent bark damage. Whilst our trees never suffer from sunburn, we all agreed that it might look quite striking if we experimented on the Aspens. Thanks to Chris G., we used his own Genever Patent Tree Paint!! Guaranteed not to harm, not to flake and will move with the bark. As the girth of the Aspens increase and, with future coats, so will the overall effect. When all the snowdrops beneath are in bloom, we think it should look even more striking. It certainly looks very ghostly at night!!