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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24 July 2017

Hay Making Pear Tree Cottage Style!

Drying in the sun
The girls approving their nest box material!
We have been really lucky this year as Rob and Sally-Ann gave up precious time to cut our very small patch of meadow grass. It's the same old problem for us: cutting a small area of long grass to use for hay. Rather than the big expense of hiring an Allen scythe which would only be used for 20 minutes, Rob and Sally-Ann used hedge cutters - not an easy job to cut grass and leave it in swathes. Unconventional maybe but effective and now we need some dry and sunny weather.

The girls came out on slug patrol and gave it their stamp of approval which is just as well as we use it in their nest boxes!  Thanks very much Rob and Sally-Ann!!  Oh, and I should also say that it smells fabulous as it dries in the sun.

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