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


26 July 2015

Raindrops and Roses

WOT a good job our hay is drying under cover. The rain has varied between light, heavy, persistent and equatorial with only a 20 minute break all day!  I don't mind much needed soaking rain but it's so unseasonably cold for July. 14 degrees C is hardly usual for a summer's day! Whilst the garden and the new fruit trees needed a good soaking, the geraniums and roses all hate it! This year, we have a massive crop of apples which I haven't got around to thinning out yet.  Last year, we had hardly any so a bumper crop is very welcome indeed!  We hope to juice and bottle the results again as well as freeze enough for culinary purposes. Hopefully there will be enough to keep the Under Gardener in apple sauce throughout the winter months!

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