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


27 July 2014

Herb Harvesting!

This year, I decided to dry some herbs under the verandah.  Hopefully, they won't get wet or blown away!  I know in an ideal world it should be cool, dark and dry but hey, what have I got to lose?  I'm drying bunches of Bay (no surprise there), Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Marjoram and just to pretty things up a bit; I picked some mop head Hydrangeas and some Achellias.  These are the common dull  off white Achillias which I always spray in some brighter and livelier colours.  Lavender is used in shortbread as it's a bit of a favourite  here at PTC and I can't make soups, stews or casseroles without Bay.   It's also nice to have herbs ready to give to friends and they both practical and pretty bottled in those little jars with hand written labels.  Bay is nice tied in small bunches using raffia, jute twine or even coloured   ribbon.  I only hope they don't rained on or blown....... ...away!

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