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


15 November 2023


Cactus galore!
 As well as major garden projects happening recently, I can now boast that PTC Garden is the holder of an entire cactus collection - courtesy of Chris Genever.  We are officially the proud owners of about 20 cacti.  Having no knowledge, experience - or even suitable gloves, I need to learn lots. 

Already, I have re-potted around half a dozen with a mix of really free draining potting medium - mostly sand and gravel & very little peat.  What goes completely against the grain is keeping them so very dry.  Given that we're moving into winter, I figure I mustn't be tempted to water them.  My plan is to identify and label them all so that I can get to know how to deal with them - as individuals.

Meanwhile, the top shelf in the greenhouse is looking rather desert-like.  Oh and I did treat myself to a special pair of extra thick gloves which cope much better with the spines!

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