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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12 January 2020

Sinful Cynthia's Senecio Sunshine Circle.

Madam Cyn advertising her wares by night!

Sinful Cynthia by day!
The weather forecast couldn't have been more wrong.  No warm or strongwinds from the south, no dry weather and definitely no outbreaks of sunshine.  Instead, a very cold  and dull fine drizzle - real frizzy hair weather!


Undeterred, I couldn't wait to tell Chris about the idea I'd had!  A new feature to be called Sinful Cynthia's Senecio Sunshine Circle!!  Following on from the pruning we did last week, I thought Cynthia would look better in the middle of the Senecio if it was trimmed into a circle around her rather then leaving it just a random shrub shape. In other words: Cynthia needed to stand in the centre of a green doughnut! I was right!  Despite this Senecio being a very old and woody specimen, it has always responded well to pruning.

Chris got to work whilst I looked on (still following rehabilitation instructions - sigh!)  It meant cleaning all the ivy out from beneath and reshaping the large ivy clad stump.  The end result was brilliant.  She looks even more of a tart!  The funny thing was that Chris said he'd nearly suggested doing it last week but it became too dark.  Great minds really do think alike!!  We now need to wait for a creation to green up and  later, come in to flower.

Lastly, I know that Senecio sunshine has been reclassified and is now known as Brachyglottis sunshine but just doesn't sound as inviting as Senecio sunshine and wouldn't cut it with my love of alliteration!

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