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


7 December 2020



By Day and By Night!

Bad weather has meant garden work has been delayed so a dry Saturday was welcome despite the sodden ground! As wet and saturated as things were, the lawn edges had a Chris treatment before we turned our attention the Christmas tree and its lighting.  Now I should explain that Chris gave us this little tree a couple of years ago.  Its managed to get going despite competing with thirsty conifer roots but it hasn't put on much top growth yet.  In an effort to bulk it out and make it bigger and thicker, we decorated it with holly, ivy and rose hips.  Round the base, we placed silver birch logs and boughs of conifer.  We then bound it in multi coloured lights.  I'm seriously hoping we don't have any high winds as it will completely wrecked!   

Maybe it looks rather too natural as we wondered if it looked more like a compost heap in daylight!!  It actually looks much more impressive at night.

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