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


9 September 2011


The remains of the shortbread!
As Stockton Bury had run out of Lavender meaning a dearth of that sweetly scented shortbread, it was time to put the Treasure recipe for Neil's legendary Lavender shortbread to the test.   Picking the flower heads was easy enough.  Plucking all the tiny flower heads of each head was another matter entirely.  Two and half hours later, there was just enough to fill a single decent sized jam jar.  I doubled up on the stated amount of Lavender and the results were really delicious. Even before I could reach for the camera, half the jar had been eaten!  Given that this was the Lavender brought by Chris and grown from self set rescued seedlings, I'm hoping he'll approve!

The ingredients!

Yep! He did approve!

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