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


14 March 2014

Bees in the trees!

Considering it's still pretty early in the year, I'm really surprised by all the insect activity. Butterflies and bumble bees have all been out in the sunshine. Most surprisingly and, despite all one hears about the falling numbers in bees, was to look up and see almost swarm proportions in this Prunus.  Their sound could be heard yards away and working underneath has been quite amazing.  I'm pretty sure they are all wild bees as it's too early for hives in the apple orchards.  I only wish I could have photographed some of them - alas they didn't oblige as they were far too busy!  


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