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


6 February 2022

Extreme Smugness!

Compost bay emptied,  current compost turned & moved into 2nd bay, borders all mulched, Wisteria pruned and ferns cut back AND all finished on 5th February!!  An absolute record!!  Mostly thanks to a dry January  and of course: Chris!!  Most years it's been too wet to complete these jobs this early and it's so nice to be ahead of the game when the snowdrops are up and Hellebores coming into flower.  There's always so much to look forward to!

Both of us finished yesterday's jobs feeling very smug indeed!! I must say; the Fernery Path looks so dramatically different at this time of year. Gone is the lush and shady appearance of fern fronds framing the path edges with Snowdrops and Hellebores all sleeping over summer.

These 2 photos are exactly the same view - one taken in August and the other in February.

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