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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16 September 2019

Sucesses & Failures

Looking back at summer's ups and downs; tomatoes have to be top of the failure list!  It was one long long battle against plague proportions of whitefly from the beginning.  Crops were poor and foliage looked unhealthy at the outset.   As well as pestilence in the greenhouse, we endured an unusually long, cold and dry spring.  The Brugmansia has also looked miserable all season with yellowing leaves and few blooms.  A Canna bought from Costco by my Under Gardener has been a total failure and is heading for the compost heap!

Pelargonium Palace Penthouse!
Autumn Kings & Scarlet Emporers!
Sweet Williams were an amazing sucess but I sacrificed  the Dahlia border for them.  Chrysanths have also been successful and continue to provide lots of colour for the house.  The Pelargonium Palace Penthouse also proved a great success in providing a perfect spot to display miniature and dwarf Pelargoniums.  The avian penthouse remains vacant but hopefully will attract some tenants next spring!

In the vegetable patch: potatoes and peas did well.  Runner beans suffered in gales and high winds and broad beans didn't crop very well.  Carrots have done better than ever before! Hopefully, I can organise some well rotted manure before next spring.

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