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


1 April 2014

An old brick path

Just an old brick path on a spring afternoon.  These rescued bricks were laid on sand a few years ago.  This path takes us from the lower lawn, across the lower border and to a secluded covered swing seat with views across Bulmer's orchards to Martley Hillside.  We lowered the hedge here so it feels like a part of orchards.  It's a little bit secretive and hidden from the rest of the garden by Berberis and a big old Witch Hazel.  It's perfect spot to watch a sunset (with a G&T!) These lovely old bricks have weathered even more with mosses and forget-me-nots all colonising the nooks and crannies.  The polyanthus have increased in numbers over the years and the sparrows always eat the yellow ones!

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