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


22 January 2015

Virtues of Garden Lighting in Winter

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When we first began the arduous, back breaking and super tedious job of digging trenches all around a 3/4 acre garden and laying in cables, I seriously doubted myself and I mean: seriously!  It took FOREVER and it was the worst time of year - spring.  All those emerging tender and vulnerable shoots.  My vision had been balmy summer's evenings with a glass in one hand and admiring the light bouncing of a canopy of leaves.  Not a single thought was given to winter.  Here we are 5 years down the line and it's THIS time of year one reaps the real benefits. When the trees are bare and the evenings are long and dark, gazing out of the windows to see uplit silver birches, garden statues and pretty skeletal outlines well, this is the time of year all those hours of toiling are worth every aching muscle!!  Yes.  I know these photos weren't taken in winter but that's only because it's too cold to go outside with a tripod.

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