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


8 September 2020

WHILE THE CAT'S AWAY...............

Chris is having a well deserved break this week.  Heaven know what he's going to say when he sees what I've been up to.  I must say, only one Saturday away and I'd have sold my soul for his chainsaw!!  I tackled a massive multi stemmed old Hebe with a pruning saw and it took me ages.  He would have done it in seconds!

This all came about for 2 reasons, One: it kept flopping over the well path steps and light. Two: I bought a couple of fab later flowering Phlox plants (Europa and Maculata Rosalinde) from Stone House Cottage Nursery  The idea is to mirror the perennial colour  already on the opposite side of the path.  I'll split and move some Rudbekias and also some Echinceas to increase the effect.  Firstly, I need some muscle to dig out the Hebe roots!

Hopefully, this time next year, it will have established and look a riot of colour!  As bare as it looks now, I'm not missing the Hebe at all and the view towards Woodbury from the conservatory is much extended!

Phlox 'Europa'.

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