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


26 July 2013

Another day - another garden

This time it was another visit to Stockton Bury.  It's just one of those gardens that one always has to back to.  It's so reassuringly permanent and yet never exactly the same!  Timeless beauty really does describe it just as it says on their website (
Very busy bees!

Anyway, it was lunch on the lawn outside the tithe barn before a stroll around.  I know I've been banging on about the HUGE numbers of bees this summer despite all one reads in news papers BUT like PTC, Stockton Bury too was home to unusually large numbers of bees.  On the Eryngiums, there were plague proportions - as many as 4 to a bloom.  It was almost impossible to photograph flowers without snapping a bee.  I had never seen so many bees.  It's been just the same at PTC - zillions of bees everywhere!  For more Stockton Bury photos (and their bees!) look at: 

View from Des's Res!
The Grotto

Haymaking at Stockton Bury

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