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


17 June 2019

Saturday turns into Saturday.

Spot the Lewisias!

Despite the incessant rain, the Philadelpus is holding up really well - so far!  Also not looking too bad are the Peonies and hardy Geraniums.  Who knows what state they'll be in when the predicted thunderstorms arrive?  Chris sneaked off to Bransford Plant sale and came back with a Scabious, an Achillea, 2 Lewisias, a weeping Birch and an Amelanchier - of and a couple of ferns.  As Saturday was swapped to Sunday, we actually managed to plant all but the trees. I hope to keep the Lewisias in pots but am aware that they're not known to be easy - nervous shiver!

Chris also did some emergency remedial prning on the Liriodendron.  Ours has 7 leaders which have inosculated over time.  The strong winds had been causing so much movement, there was bleeding at the inosculation site.  He reduced the weight on the affected leaders and then evened up the remaining leaders.  The overall effect is a much elevated crown.  

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