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 January 2021

Meteorological Vicissitudes!


Since my last post, we've had rain, rain and more rain which has meant flooding.  This was followed by 4 inches of snow which lasted 3 days then thawed.  Now it's raining again which will mean even more flooding!  The ground is now beyond saturated and literally sings if you dare to walk on it.  Being such a baby, I really did love the snow despite all its impracticalities!  The garden looked so desperately pretty.  

I needn't have worried about emerging Hellebores and Snowdrops as they coped perfectly well!  Aconites too are popping up and, scenting the entire garden, is the Sarcococca and Chimonanthus. At the head of the Fernery path are Chris's Cyclamen coum & a few Narcissus have been spotted poking through although, it would be prudent if they didn't pop out too early.  

Chris has been busy power washing the algae off the York flag stones and ensuring they're safe to walk on.  Without this annual winter ritual, they become exactly like an ice rink!  I retreated to the greenhouse and divided and potted all my Pinguiculas moved all the pots containing over wintering plants and had a good tidy up and sweep out dead leafing as I went.  

With their slimy and sticky leaves and sodden compost, dividing Pinguiculas is really not the nicest job in the world!  However they bloom prolifically and live on insect pests.  I started with a single plant 2 years ago and now have 6!


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