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


28 August 2013

More Autumnal Mornings

It was one of those perfect mist laden autumn mornings.  The sun broke through the mist which lingered in the valley just that little bit longer and it remained a sunny but perfectly still autumnal day. 

The apples in the surrounding orchards mirroring the sunlight like jewels in the trees but not a single leaf moving in the still air.  The top lawn border a full on rebellion of colour as all the Dahlias are strutting their stuff along with the Rudbekias and the Golden Rod (not much of a name for a plant!)  In fact this border is now Chris's favourite!  Al's Costco Dahlia bargains have grown into giants with blooms as big as dinner plates.  The late flowering Clematis are in full bloom over Kay's arbour drenching it in a shower of pink.  The Glauca rose reflecting the bright sunshine with their glossy red hips.  The girls either lazily preening or sunbathing in freshly dug mini craters with outstretched wings on the warm earth just stirring for a handful of corn. Much of the locally grown corn has been already been combined and the robins are already heralding the end of summer with their doleful songs.  More pictures can be seen at:

.....Ok. That's enough sentimentality - there's still watering to be done!

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