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


13 August 2015

Late but Yummy!

At long last the tomatoes are ripening and the runner beans are setting. We've had a generally very dry, cool and dull summer but recently have enjoyed the odd sunny and hot day which has made all the difference to ripening fruit. These tomatoes were all germinated from seed by Chris Genever and include Sungold, Gardener's Delight, Black Krim and Country Taste Beefsteak.  The Sungold are unbelievably sweet but all are delicious and will be put to good culinary use! I was late sowing runner beans and having done so, the weather was cold so ours are really very late and this was our very first picking.  With heavy downpours predicted tonight and tomorrow, we might strike lucky and have some MUCH needed rain - fingers crossed!

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