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


29 September 2013

Stoke Bliss & District Agricultural Improvement Society Annual Competitions 2013 - Burton Court Farm

Some of the lucky entries
Another year - another show and a few more family successes this year!  See link to photos of other family members, their triumphs and attempts! 

Home produce, bar & lunch venue
It was a surprise to win anything vaguely horticultural as having just been away, it was luck and no preparation whatsoever.  The Dahlias were just picked at random that morning and then I broke the head of the very best specimen!  The rose had been in the fridge for 4 days and the Begonia was one I propagated last year and snatched from the conservatory. As for beans, they were what was left after 2 weeks absence and lack or water. Lots of luck and no skill - unlike cake and bread making! The photo categories were very difficult and 'sunsets' was the only class for which I had lots and then I couldn't 

A 2 year old shire
make up my mind!  Anyway it was another lovely day dry with the smell of freshly turned earth in the air and the very special treat of a Spitfire demonstrating barrel rolls and loops over Shelsley - not to mention a most excellent roast pork lunch! The only disappointment was the fact that, despite the presence of a well turned out pair of Shires, there wasn't a single horse actually ploughing this year - sniff!  Everyone I spoke to were all of the same opinion and all felt that it was a real shame.  Anyway, it was back to work and mowing when we got home and dark when we called it a day and went indoors - with a 6.30am start: another long but successful day!

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