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 September 2013

Back Home!

Chief Blogger and Head Gardener is back home from gallivanting around France and Switzerland for a couple of weeks.  The girls are also back from their holiday at Newland Grange ( with Sarah where they stayed in a 5***** luxury Egglu.  Newland Grange is a fabulous place to visit!  It is so clean and well ordered with many and various breeds of poultry all kept with a high degree of professional expertise (no, not eggspertise!)  I know I always say this but, it really is worth calling in.  They also make fabulous shepherds' huts and really pretty poultry houses as well as having a shop which supplies all poultry requisits.  The girls came home (with all their eggs) in a pet carrier and rushed up to perch on their chair after first snacking on apples.  Percy's tail feathers always droop making her appear rather more melancholy unlike the others.  It's all a ruse as, she was first at the apple rack!
The girls come home!

Thunbergia on the arch
Al's (Costco) Dahlias
Despite the dull and overcast day, the garden seemed alight with Dahlias and Michaelmas Daisies all covered in insect life - wanted and unwanted!  The former were full of earwigs and slugs and the latter was swarming with bees, hoverflies and butterflies.  The Black Eyed Susan (Thunbergia) is also a mass of bloom and completely clothing the sides of the new arch.  The Cosmos had put on more growth and the roses were enjoying a second flush of flowers.  In our absence, Chris had kept everything as neat as a new pin and the lawns were all mowed and edged and hedges all trimmed.  What a star and... definitely worth an H.P.A.!!

Insects on the Michaelmas Daisies

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