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


22 November 2021

Back to 'Earth'!


Despite basking in the glory of our surprise win, garden work has been continuing pretty much as usual for the time of year.  It's been back down to earth literally!  The lower border has been transformed!  All the flopping gernaiums have been removed and all the Euonymous and Box have been clipped and underplanted with Persicaria affinis - much lower growing and more compact and dense.  It's all ready for mulching with compost if ever leaf clearing finishes!
The Dragon Borders have been cut down and cleared as have the borders in the Herb Garden.  I even topped the main lawn - making the most of this dry and sunny spell.  Unusual in November!  The tulips are all in their post and the wallflowers are all planted.  Apart from Lower Border work, Chris has missed a few Saturdays, unusually.   I've just been working alone - well not quite as I've had Robins for company!

The colours have been and still are (for now) AMAZING and we've really been enjoying the autumn changes.  The Acers never fail to impress and this year are exceptional!  The photo below is an Acer palmatum Seiryu I brought from my previous garden and planted 16 years ago.

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