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


30 April 2020


Well, as I said there has been a very serious case of Wisteria Hysteria!  Good job it's only seasonal! Festooning it with CD's and plastic owls before the flower buds became too fat and juicy to prevent the usual bird predation certainly paid dividends again.  There was not a sign of any buds being eaten but what a show!  I've also been a huge Wisteria fan and can well recall the one that grew up the front of the old farm house where I grew up and my father winding black cotton around it to discourage sparrows eating the flower buds - no CD's back then! The entire font of house and conservatory is dripping with purple.  Mauve avalanches all over it.  Opening windows means that the perfume just wafts in.  It beats all the room fresheners in the world.  As we've been having some MUCH needed rain this week, I've also been admiring it from inside the house - not many flowers and plants can offer that!

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