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.

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5 June 2016

Meadow Magic


Two years ago on the 1st June 2014, this wild Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata.........I think!) was planted in our wild meadow. Last June we searched high and low in the long grasses, Buttercups and Moon Daisies for flowers or indeed any signs of life but found nothing at all. Today, 2 years and 3 days later.............BINGO!!  In the fading evening light - there it was!!

Our very own wild orchid!

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