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


17 October 2022

All Sweetness & Light!!

Worth mentioning this year is our little Sugar Maple! In 2013, I was given some seeds from Peterborough, Ontario.  They were duly sown in pots and left outside over winter.  The germination rate was good.  This one was eventually grown on and planted at the back of the Aspen Grove probably about 3 years ago.  It now stands 5 - 6 feet tall and looking spectacular in its autumn livery!  It really stands out and contrasts brilliantly with the ajacent Copper Beech.  I need to read up on tapping birch trees.  When it matures, I definitely plan to have a go at making syrup from the sap.

Meanwhile, down in the Woodland Border, the autumn colours are really quite startling.  A few weeks back, Chris Genever and I stabilised Rob's Retreat which had acquired a rather worrying lean!!  All is now safe and the Acer really illuminates it in the morning sun. 


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