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


11 February 2013

Gardening Maldivian Style

How could I go to the Maldives without checking out the local gardeners?  These chaps were tidying up the coconut trees and pruning out the flowers and the tiny immature fruits which, despite their size, are heavy and very waxy.  They don't want the much heavier mature coconuts falling on the tourists!  The young green coconuts were delicious and shinning up the trees was made to look easy peasy by these blokes!  Hibiscus and Bougainvellia grew everywhere.

In the evenings, the scent from the Frangipani blossom was overwhelming and watching the fruit bats coming in to land was highly entertaining.  Because they have to hang upside down but land the right way up, much crashing around up in the palm trees was heard.  They looked rather like flying ferrets with little foxy faces. We left whispering palms and white sand to return to even whiter........ snow!


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