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


26 June 2023

Above & Beneath the Soil!

Having finished mowing, today was the day for lifting our very first new potatoes or, to see if there were any there at all!.  These Arran Pilots were planted nearly a month late due to a freezing cold and wet spring.  The first root yielded just enough for us both to enjoy for dinner and \I promise: they were truly delicious! 

On the way back to the house, I just HAD to stop and admire these lilies (Lilium regale) which are just at their very best exuding their magnificent perfume! They were first introduced from China in 1903 and grown by both my father and grandfather.  I think we have the great plant collector: Ernest Wilson to thank for these.

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