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


28 May 2021

IN THE GARDEN - Wisteria Hysteria & Architectural Appreciation!

 So much been happening in the garden & little time for blog posts!  The weather has been consistently appalling with gales, heavy rain and hail which blasted down like razor blades.  It was a wonder the Wisteria even lived!  Such a shame when it was in full bloom.  However it stood up to these rigours pretty well and was sheer joy.  this year we were a National Garden Scheme nominated Wisteria garden and, despite the weather, enjoyed having visitors who came to admire it.

So lovely that we decided to expose its truck which, hitherto had been completely obscured by a Jasminum nudiflorum.  This work is ongoing and some areas of the house wall will be in much need of painting.

Away from the Wisteria for a moment - a few weeks back, I was lucky enough to be given a really pretty aged copper finial (by a certain Chris Pugh) with a fabulous green patina.  Historically, these finials were used to protect the tops of telegraph poles from the weather. Last Saturday, Chris Genever came and it now stands tall and proud on the House for Hens.

Hopefully, the girls appreciate their major architectural upgrade!!

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