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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25 November 2016

November Down Under


I s'pose a Brit was always going to be wowed by anything that flowers in November so, true to form, here's one enjoying Rhododendrons and Azaleas in Hanmer Springs New Zealand just south of the earthquake affected area.  These colourful Rhodies had just enjoyed a light shower of rain before the sun came out and it was just like a UK spring day in May!!

Photos don't do justice to the height of the trees in this picturesque little spa town with its myriad of natural hot springs.




Hanmer Springs main street!

Peonies & Yuccas in flower
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