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


12 November 2022

Enjoying the mild November weather!!

 A day of rushing round from one job to so many others and on the mildest November day imaginable!!!  

Hedgecutting was the top of the list and as the Mahonia is looking so spectacular over the dip in the hedge, we decided to even up the dip to frame it a little better!  In my previous garden, it always flowered in January but I'm more than happy to see it in November!  The yellow plumes of flowers really stand out against its dark green leaves looking more like flames.  Chris did a fabulous job and I did all the clearing up using the ride on - 4 boxes worth, all of which have been composted.  It's all looking amazingly smart and tidy in the lane!

We also had a bonfire and burned all the brash left from pruning the Walnut, Fig and some hawthorn some weeks ago.  When cooled, the ash too will be used either in the compost or around the garden.  Nothing much is wasted around here!

Other jobs this month have been picking and drying home grown Szechuan peppercorns, picking and drying the last of the Helichrysums and even a tiny but precious 3 strands of saffron!!  Talking of jobs, how could I not mention leaf collecting??  Every year there are more and more and I yearn for another dedicated compost bay soley for the production of leafmould!!  Still - a girl can't have everything!!

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