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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13 July 2015

Fig Fantasy!


The fig tree is absolutely covered in figs and has put on loads of growth this season.  The huge leaves mean that we have a lovely shady spot up on the top terrace. What a pity I don't like figs.  When the the over ripe ones fall and explode onto the stone beneath, they look like mice corpses rotting in the sun!  In variably, they're all covered in flies which add even more authenticity.  Luckily, my friend: Maureen loves figs so, with luck and a fair wind,  she should be in for a real treat this year!


The Hostas in the galvanised tanks are thriving beneath the Bay tree and you'd never know that the furthest ones have only been there since open gardens. How lucky to be given all 3 of these tanks.  They make perfect planters. Actually, I was given a fourth in which I store rainwater in the greenhouse.  I did think about using these for that purpose but, as I also have a couple of oak barrels, I decided to plant them up.  They cheer up what has become known as the Creosote Yard.  This area is a kind of work yard where various projects such as construction and painting take place.

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