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


24 February 2020

Some plants think it's spring in February!

Unknown Prunus
Ribes sanguineum
Paeonia lutea

As well as the Hellebores putting on a real show; elsewhere in the garden, buds are definitely on the move and some are bursting into life.  Let's hope we don't have any late and viciously cold frosts as, we'll be in real trouble.  

The Prunus blossom has never been formally identified and the tree is known fondly as the 'Red Tree' on account of its dark red leaves. The poor thing has suffered terrible butchering in its life time as you can see from its scars.  This tree peony has massive lemon flowers - very showy-in-your-face-blousey flowers than last for all of 5 minutes! All winter, it probably qualifies as the most untidy & straggly looking shrub in the world!

The Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant) is a cutting propagated from one growing in the grounds of my old seat of learning - Bridgnorth Grammar School no less!  

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