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


21 April 2020

Spring Rolls On Regardless!

Down by the pond.
A self set Cowslip in the Saxifrage.

Nature isn't worrying about viruses and more and more plants and shrubs are bursting into colour.  The  Wisteria too is beginning to colour up and having been festooned with CD's and plastic owls to stop the birds from eating the buds, all defences have now been removed as the flowers begin to open revealing their intoxicating perfume in the warm spring sunshine.  The rest of the garden is alive with pollinating insects on overtime and birdsong from dawn until dusk.  The Japanese acers are wearing their spring livery and the colours are all so fresh and vibrant. Cowslips are all blooming in our mini meadow and can also be found having self seeded in lots of other nooks and crannies around the garden.  We've succeeded in preventing the birds from eating the Wisteria buds and it's just beginning to flower.  I can hardly wait!!

Geranium pyrenaicum Bill Wallis. 
Japanese Acers waking up.

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