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


10 March 2020

Nectarine Rescue!

Prunus persica var. Nucipersica
A fine warm Saturday and lots to do.  Unusually we began with a bonfire!  The men mowed both lawn and orchard each with their own lawn mowers (I'm STILL not allowed to do this yet - sigh)!  
Loving the colour of these buds!

As the first job, Chris and I potted up a rescued Nectarine from Janine.  My task is to keep it alive!  It's a bit of a challenge as it was looking a tad poorly and displaying a lot of die back & dead wood and had been planted in clay soil in a sodden garden.  It's now enjoying some more suitable conditions with a proper mix of potting medium.  It's a self fertile dwarf variety - Prunus persica var. Nucipersica with lovely deep pink flowers.  It's max height at 10 years is only about 5 feet so I'll keep it in a pot and try plenty of TLC keeping a sharp lookout for the dreaded Peach Leaf Curl.

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