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


14 January 2020

Rescuing Arums from Ravaging Holly!

The Holly Lolly.
Zantedeschia aethiopica
This is our Holly Lolly.  It used to reside by the side of the pond. Beneath it grew a large clump of Arum lilies.  Each year the Arums would grow up and flower and each year, we'd have some high winds and the prickles on the holly leaves would tear these almost unreal blooms to pieces.

Loving these waxy spathes of perfection

Enough was enough!  The Holly was put on the winter list of 'things to move'.  It actually looks much better in its new home by the hospital sign next to the Pear Hut.   
These natives of South Africa known as Zantedeschia aethiopica (quite a name) have such beautiful waxy blooms, they are totally worth protection from a mere Holly!  Actually, we have many wild Arums (Arum maculatum) in the garden and whilst some gardeners regard them as a bit of a pest, we really love them.  Anyway delightful names such as Lords & Ladies and Cuckoo Pint - who wouldn't?

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