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


27 February 2020

Hartley Botanic - nearly 4 years on!

I don't usually write a post about the greenhouse at this time of year as usually, there's not too much going on. In April, it will be 4 years since we had our new Hartley Botanic and I love it as much as ever!  This year, there is so much colour already and with an overdose of perfume expected any day, the greenhouse is definitely worth a mention.  

The Brugmansia has been in flower all winter,  Not a single day has passed without a flower or bud somewhere to be seen.  The Violas and Primulas were potted up as plugs last October and the Pelargoniums are just overwintering.  Many are sitting on their warm mat to keep them dry and prevent mildew, although, at one point, I confess to keeping them rather too dry! As I can only accommodate about a third on the mat so choices are tough.  Overall, 84% are thriving and 99% of the miniatures and dwarfs, all of which are on the heated mat.

The Jasmine officinale is an old plant but last year after cutting it back following flowering, it's been allowed to scramble up through another Jasmine and up the grapevine into the roof of the greenhouse.  It is an absolute mass of flower buds!  when flowering is over, it's in for a shock as I shall cut it right back again.

The Polyanthus was a treat!  Well - how can anyone go to a garden centre and not buy a plant?

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