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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15 December 2015

It's nuts to decorate!

The world's most difficult tree to decorate has to be a contorted Hazel (Corylus Avellana Contorta) or Corkscrew Hazel.  It's all twists and tangles everywhere!  However, I managed to hang some oversized baubles on it having given up on the idea of lights!  I reckoned if I got lights on it, I'd NEVER be able to untangle them without breaking off all the twig tips and catkins which are already forming.  This tree does bear good crops of nuts - usually gobbled up by the dreaded grey squirrels.  Anyway, at night, it's uplit and, it does look a little more Christmassy.



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