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


18 January 2022

Midlands Regional Winner - THE NATION'S FAVOURITE GARDEN.

We are thrilled with the arrival of our beautiful winning Haddon Stone plaque and can hardly wait to install it in a suitably prominant place in the garden!


Cairn Curve to Curly Whirly Corner

 The re-routed service path is looking really lovely since Chris mulched it with wood chip.  I really am quite thrilled with it!  No more muddy paths and a short cut to the compost heap from the Hennery!!  The new stretch of path runs fron the cairn to Curly Whirly Corner.  There was enough to put a layer in the Henclosure for the girls to scratch around in.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden, snowdrops leaves are pushing through, bulbs are appearing and all despite a week of frosty days with mists and fog.  That's one of the joys of gardenong - there's always things to look forward to every day in every season!

11 January 2022

Up the Garden Path!!

 New Year garden work seems to involve nothing but path work - one way or another! Either re-routing paths or power washing stepping stones.  In winter York flag stones are perilous when wet as they're covered in algae and like walking on ice! Chris began by power washing the Fernery Path stepping stones.  

That was after we'd pruned a monster Rosa Moyessii and decided to re-route the Service Path around bothe the cairn and the Moyessii.  This involved removing a dead lilac, moving ferns and Pulmonarias and stealing logs from the log store with which to edge it.  All we need now is another load of wood chip!!

18 December 2021

When Head Gardener is on Light Duties!

 Head Gardener has been on light duties these past 2 weeks. As wrapping Christmas presents and sorting Christmas decoarations is allowed, that's what she's been doing.  Meanwhile, Chris has been putting up lights in the garden and pruning roses to avoid wind rock over winter. By doing a bit of forging in the garden and spraying some dries Aliums, I did a big table arrngement and a spray for the Elgar door - both of which use ancient decorations faithfully stored every year!  The Aga looks quite festive and decorations mean no dusting until they all come down!!

6 December 2021

BIG Boy's Toys !

Another dry day for garden work when Chris arrived with his beast of a stump grinder!  I could immediately see he meant BUSINESS!  We had 2 tree stumps to grind out and down in the Henclosure, another 4 big Bamboos.  

Having watched it make mincemeat of the first apple tree stump, I was itching to have a little go!  My turn came with the cherry stump.  It was more of a nibble but at least I was allowed to have a go!  Chris, of course, handled it like a pro and it was soon on to the bamboos.  What would have undoubtedly taken the whole day if he had been digging by hand, took  just over an hour!  What an amazing machine.

More soil was removed and the entire Henclosure levelled in readiness for a thick carpet of woodchip.  Now I'm wondering what to plant in the way of low evergreen and far less invasive shrubs.

Actually a Sarcococca springs to mind.  I wonder if one would survive chickens???

22 November 2021

Back to 'Earth'!


Despite basking in the glory of our surprise win, garden work has been continuing pretty much as usual for the time of year.  It's been back down to earth literally!  The lower border has been transformed!  All the flopping gernaiums have been removed and all the Euonymous and Box have been clipped and underplanted with Persicaria affinis - much lower growing and more compact and dense.  It's all ready for mulching with compost if ever leaf clearing finishes!
The Dragon Borders have been cut down and cleared as have the borders in the Herb Garden.  I even topped the main lawn - making the most of this dry and sunny spell.  Unusual in November!  The tulips are all in their post and the wallflowers are all planted.  Apart from Lower Border work, Chris has missed a few Saturdays, unusually.   I've just been working alone - well not quite as I've had Robins for company!

The colours have been and still are (for now) AMAZING and we've really been enjoying the autumn changes.  The Acers never fail to impress and this year are exceptional!  The photo below is an Acer palmatum Seiryu I brought from my previous garden and planted 16 years ago.