The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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19 August 2019

....And the Vicar Came Too!!


The Gardens of Wichenford 2019 - FINALE


Gardening lessons PTC style!

As a follow-up to the success of The Gardens of Wichenford, garden owners, helpers and a few beneficiaries spent an evening in the gardenwhen the sun actually shone!  Pat and Sandra helped with drinks and refreshements and cheques were presented. I was very nice to see the Rev. David Sherwin and his wife.



 



18 August 2019

Yew Hedge Trimming.





It's that time of year when the Yew hedging and topiary gets its annual haircut. This week, the big Yew hedge was top of the list. It's our tale on Powys Castle's famous Yew hedge!!  One sode of the hedge is all symmetry, precision and straight lines and the other side is all lumps and bumps and it meant to resemble a green waterfall.  Our Yew arch is so nearly formed and I reckon the 2 yews will have grown together by next year. Of course there was much clearing up but it's all neat and tidy once again.


Chris also cut the outside of the perimeter hedge and strimmed the ditch where there was MAJOR clearing up - so much indeed, the wheelbarrow was piled so high, the handles couldn't be found and Chris couldn't be seen pushing it! He couldn't see over the load and needed serious guidance!

Peeping Pugh!!

14 August 2019

Contact the Elderly - Tea Party

                              
On Sunday, we hosted our annual tea party for Contact the Elderly.  We enjoyed the company of 11 members and their 3 drivers.  The weather held up for a turn around the garden.  However, I discovered that, although wide enough for wheelbarrows, the greenhouse entrances are too narrow for wheelchairs.  Mmm - interesting.  Tea was enjoyed in the conservatory.  Well, it is only August!! We were so grateful for Sue's help.  She looked after our guests wonderfully by waiting on them and escorting them around the garden.  She even sold some cards!!  Thanks so much, Sue!






13 August 2019

Witton Henge!

Druids this way!!


After all the trimming, mowing and clearing up, it was time to unload Chris's latest garden acquisitions! 3 huge lumps of stone all bound for the Fernery.  We now have our very own Witton Henge and to give it an authentic pagan look, the finishing touches are some found animal skulls - just to give an impression of ancient pagan sacrificial rites!

On a slightly more serious note, the ferns will grow and soften the look and in spring, the Cyclamens will add some colour.  Thanks very much Chris!

Moons to Chickens!


Time lapse hedge cutting!

This Saturday, hedge cutters and mowers were on overtime as Chris trimmed both the Bay tree and the Yew hedge and I mowed all in readiness for visits from Contact the Elderly and fellow garden owners in Wichenford and those who came and helped back in June when The Gardens of Wichenford held it's biennial open gardens event.  The Yew hedge takes a little longer each year as the topiary grows and there's always one topiary shape that we puzzle over.  Things were made more difficult when Al said we ought to turn the moon into a chicken!!  THAT will definitely have to wait until next year now!

10 August 2019

August Garden Chores.



This week, the Yew sofa has had its annual trim and the onions (few that there were) were dried, strung and hung. The hot, humid and rainy conditions mean that everything is growing well without the need for frantic watering! Runner beans are loving the sunshine and rain but hating these high winds.  Following these stormy conditions, the lawns are strewn with leaves and it's not even autumn!  THis year, I've been enjoying having some Sweet peas to pick and bring indoors. Placed on the kitchen windowsill, it positively encourages work at the sink!

Before the storms!

8 August 2019

Another Successful Garden Visit!

Members of Stock & Bradley Green Gardening Club
Mine host + team photo latecomer

Helpers in  high state of readiness!



A visit from Stock and Bradley Green Gardening Club yesterday evening raised another £279.00 for the National Garden Scheme.  Trusty helpers: Lindy and Pauline served homemade teas to 31 members on a warm and sunny evening.  Some ladies were making a return visit and all said lovely things about the garden and they really seemed to enjoy their visit.