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


12 January 2016

Dangerous Addiction Indulged!

The Hut
Woodbury Hill from the terrace

I dared to tiptoe out into the garden today with my new wide angle lens! Unusually, it wasn't raining and  was lovely and clear for about half an hour between the showers. Dangerously, I indulged my addiction to Photomatix and processed some of the bracketed images!  It hardly looks like an English garden in January as the grass looks so long and lush.  I picked a bunch of Narcissus on Saturday!  A Rhododendron bud is showing colour and many Hellebores and Pulmonarias are blooming.  Snowdrops are pushing up but not blooming yet which is interesting as they would normally flower before those which are blooming now. With the Meteorological Office forecasting real winter weather later this week, maybe, they're just more sensible! Fingers crossed  - I love snow and snowdrops! These HDR images are better viewed HERE full screen.

A suspiciously long & lush lower lawn!
I should perhaps mention our little hut as it is yet another recycled unwanted cast off which we restored/rebuilt in 2010. The roof was made from some sheets of corrugated tin which were also being thrown out.  The hut hides down in the lower border behind a large conifer and stores garden chairs etc. over winter.  It's what you might call compact and bijou but - nevertheless another useful rescue!

Our little orchard

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