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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22 September 2014

Two autumns in one year!

Winning Dahlias
Top Lawn Border
After all the gallivanting, it's good to be back home and to catch up with some garden work.  We came back to beautifully tended plants as Liz came over from Switzerland just to care for the hens and look after the watering!  How lucky were we?  She had very obviously been doing a first rate job deadheading as the day we returned, I was able to select 5 Dahlias which won 3rd prize at Stoke Bliss Agricultural Improvement Society Show the very following day (yawn!)  It was all a bit of a scramble - what with the usual Saturday jobs, serious jet lag and no preparation time, it was a surprise to win anything!  Whilst in Alaska, we were well into autumn and had the pleasure of enjoying all the golds of the birches, cotton woods & aspens; it's nice to return and enjoy the beginning of another autumn with all those colourful pleasures yet to come for a second time! The Sedums are opening for insect business and the rose hips shining red in the September sunshine.  The Top Lawn Border is a riot of colour and the Michaelmas daisies are full of buzzing insects gathering both nectar and pollen.

Just too many insects for 1 photo!

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