The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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1 November 2015

Fields of Fire and Flocks of Feasting Fieldfares


Over the garden hedge, we are so lucky to be surrounded by Rob's cider apple orchards and right now, when the sun shines, they are just on fire! The apple harvest in these orchards has been finished for some few weeks now but, the fieldfares and redwings have begun to arrive and will feast on the remaining fallen fruit. It's lovely to see them and to listen to their twitterings and chatterings!  Very much a member of the thrush family, they also resemble their cousins the redwings who also overwinter here from Scandinavia. Unlike our song thrush, they congregate in large numbers. They are our winter thrushes!



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