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


8 May 2021

Pond Pump Probs!

 Since Open Gardens, we've had heavy rain and high winds every day!! Not the sort of weather you need the pond pump to fail! Chris Genever was nearby and 10 minutes later had disconnected and removed the offending pump!  A new one was ordered and so today Chris Pugh placed the replacement pump in position and reconnected the water pipes.  We now await further expertise to return it to full service.  The garden just doesn't seem the same without the sounds of trickling water!

It seemed a tad weird to be doing the usual Saturday seasonal garden work but without the pressure of open gardens.  Same jobs, same priorities just no pressure!  Chris gave the hedges a light trim, strimmed and edged.  I planted out some Nemesia, a couple of Phlox, Scabious, Sweet William and potted on a load of rooted Dianthus cuttings.

A small group of garden visitors are expected on Tuesday so lets hope the weather picks up for them!

5 May 2021

NGS May Open Gardens.

Following over a month of persistent frosts and hardly any rain, we've been in recovery following a hugely successful garden opening for the National Garden Scheme.  We had approx 135 visitors and made a WHOPPING £1,168.50!!  How amazing is THAT?  We owe a huge debt of thanks to Lindy, Lyn and Sheila for selling so many homemade teas.  Also Pat & Brian for borrowing and delivering all the tables and chairs and especially Pat for making such a huge number of cales!  Malc & Paul supervised parking and 

everybody brought sunshine!! One very enthusiastic visitor was so complimentary, I wasn't going to resist sharing these comments from the visitor book!!  It certainly makes all the hard work totally worthwhile. A BIG thank you to all our visitors, helpers and supporters!!

20 April 2021

Better Late than Never!!

 A whole nineteen days later than last year - the vegetable plot is at long last all planted up!!  The polar temperatures and persistent daily frosts this month massively delayed things but we're there!  Thanks to Chris, the ground was manured and  prepared some weeks ago.  As it's a relatively small plot I've squeezed in 4 rows of Arran Pilots, 1 of Early Onwards, 1 of Aquadulce, 2 of Autumn Kings and a few Giant Stuttgardts.  There is of course room for runner beans and lettuces when things warm up even more.

One thing's for certain!  After such a long delay, the seed potatoes were certainly well chitted!!

18 April 2021

Throne Square!

 This magnificent additional plant throne arrived yesterday - courtesy of Chris Pugh!!  Full of woodworm and a torn seat meant immediate treatment was dispensed and a pot of Primulas installed.  Up on the top terrace, we now have a total of three thrones - all homes to plants and a seat for weary gardeners!!  

14 April 2021

First Visitors of 2021!


Well actually not quite.  The very first were Kempsey Ladies Circle who visited last week.  Sadly for them it was one of the many Arctic April days with glacially low temperatures & biting north east winds.  These hardy enthusiasts deserved The Garden Explorers' Award of Courage!!  It was far too cold to think of using a camera! However, it transpired that had visited before in September 2016.  At least they saw the garden in its (winter during) spring livery!

Today, we welcomed two more visitors from Malvern who had the foresight to bring sunshine! Always a wise move.  Despite the still cool temperatures, they at least, were able to sit outside for their homemade teas and it was even warm enough for a quick photo shoot!  Sadly, they took the sunshine with them when they left so it's back to polar temperatures!

11 April 2021

Statue Status!

 Ten ton Thumbelina & Hefty Hetty have had new homes built for them! This week, we had the pleasure of Chris Genever's company and he has built each statue a small brick pier on the diagonal.  With his usual attention to detail  and in order to compensate for the sloping ground, he has built one slightly lower than the other. To complete the classy look each has slightly overhanging blue bricks.  Owing to their obese weight, we have to wait a week before we ask Chris to install these heavyweights!


As if that wasn't enough and in FREEEEEZING weather conditions, he also placed mortar in all the joints along the brick path.  Before we had gravel and despite our best efforts, it always stuck to muddy boots and was lost when the path was swept.  The arbour seat is also looking very smart as 'one' has been out wielding the paintbrush.  Hopefully next week, all we back in place.

Weighty Wisteria!


Whilst working on other garden projects, Chris Genever happened to notice the the supporting Wisteria arch on the studio had collapsed under the weight of the Wisteria and was distorting his new guttering.  Following all the banter regarding the mystery of the broken gutter brackets, immediate action was called for!

Only a true genius would have thought of using copper tubing with a number of 'T' junctions to make a new one!  Having bent two lengths of tubing into corresponding arcs, he cut shorter lengths to make braces and soldered all the junctions.  Et voila! A really pretty and much stronger supporting arch for this fairly historic Wisteria.  After all this is a direct descendant and the Great-Great-Great-Great-Great grandchild of the famous Witley Court Wisteria!

Thank you Chris!