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


10 October 2011


This was the last tree - Al already having picked and stored the apples from the other trees.  2011 has been an incredibly good year for apples nationwide and this tree was no exception. It was laden with both Bramley's and also a variety called Falstaff which was grafted on by our local expert: Rob Holloway about 3 years ago.  Very useful to have  2 apple varieties a desert and a cooker - both on one tree!

Yes, I did catch it!

Chris climbing out of the tree!

A little unorthodox practice as Chris picked the apples at the top of the tree and threw them down to us.  We caught most of them and they were all duly taken off to Clive's Fruit Farm near Upton on Severn for juicing, pasteurising and bottling.  How many bottles do you think we'll fill with this amount of apples?  Any guesses anyone?

Laden containers including a former toy basket!

I should mention that Rob was recently presented with a highly prestigious award - see link:

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