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 October 2013

Back to work after more gallivanting!

Chief Blogger is back again following another absence!  This time, exploring a tiny fraction of the Canadian shield in Ontario.  Verdict: a fabulous intensity to the autumn colours of the sugar maples, immense natural beauty and unimaginable amounts of wood and numbers of freshwater lakes!

1 plant=4 pumpkins
Apple crop

Anyway it's back to work and the first job was to pick all the remaining apples and my 4 pumpkins.  Yes, I know there are only 3 in the photo!  That's because the 4th has been made into a very colourful and spicy pumpkin soup.  Frankly, I think that's about the only way pumpkins can be eaten.  There was a surfeit of sickly sweet pumpkin pie in Canada and the soup is so deliciously velvety smooth, I don't know why you would ever want to add sugar and put it in a pie crust.  Sadly, due to the bounteous apple crop this year, we are having to store ours before they can be juiced and bottled.

There is still a surprising  amount of colour in the garden and only a small proportion of leaves have fallen.  I expected to return to bare trees.  It's still very mild and a hardy fuchsia which has managed to grow out between the joints in the stone wall deserves to remain.  Who would combine brilliant pink with violent orange and dare to be seen?  Only in nature such as this Spindle could such a colour combination look so good!

Spindle (Euonymus europaeus)
Hardy Fuchsia

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