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.

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23 July 2014

Summer evenings at Pear Tree Cottage

The old pump
Wisteria tendril
Broad beans
These long hot and humid summer days have been ending with some pretty spectacular sunsets. Because of all the rain and recent thunderstorms, the lawns are all still lush and green and not the usual parched summer brown.  

We picked picked all the remains of the broad beans and whilst sitting podding them all with a glass of wine, I just had to photograph the evidence.  This is the first year we haven't been able to keep up with our bean crop and eat them as fast as they've ripened.  I grew a heavier cropping variety from our usual Aqua Dulce and have frozen the excess beans for future treats!  Having finished podding, it was nice - just for once, to sit and watch the swallows dipping and diving for insects and then, as the sun set and the light faded, watching the bats flitting around after moths and listening to the owls with the occasional distant hum of a combine harvester.  My literary skills can't really do justice to the scent of Jasmine which hung heavy in the still night air but hopefully, you get the picture! Summer Evenings at PTC

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