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


11 January 2024

The World's RAREST Tree Thriving in Pear Tree Cottage Garden!


Critically endangered: Wollemia Nobilis - our little Wollemi Pine continues to thrive.  This specimen was bought from Chris who we know, does love his trees.  It came with its own documents of authenticity - a bit like buying a car! 

What is certain: we have a most ancient tree that predates dinasaurs & is a distant relative of the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria araucana) another ancient tree.

Recently there have been various press articles describing how David Noble found it in a deep canyon in the Blue Mountains of SW Australia in 1994 long after it was thought to be extinct.  It carries both male and female cones which reach reproductive maturity after 12 years - which our specimen must be as the oldest photo (right) was taken in 2012. The photo on the left was taken this month - January 2024

Chris made a detailed sign in English oak which gets a re-furbish every few years to keep the text legible. This year Father Christmas bought it an official label which awaits installation.  Not too many trees have Christmas presents! If you're interested check out: www.wollemipine for more fascinating facts.

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