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


17 July 2013

Making hay whilst ..............

The sunny weather is not all bad news.  Our hay dried perfectly and is now all gathered in and stored.  I tidied up our mini meadow with my new (baby) John Deere and am very pleased with it.  I don't think I confessed the world's most expensive mistake on this blog.  Last year I bought a Stiga ride-on with a front cutting deck.  Yes!  Of course I tested it.  I cut a whole orchard using a friend's machine in Sweden.  The 2 machines were identical in every way.  How on earth was I to know that it couldn't travel uphill on our gradient??? A 4 wheel drive version would have been another £1000.00 - gulp! Anyway to cut a long (and expensive) story short; Jake at Power Equipment Services in Kidderminster ( came up trumps again and sold it (eventually) and JD is it's replacement.  This is the (very tidy) result:

'All is safely gathered in'

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