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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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.

4 August 2019

Outside in Gardening!

Spider plant (Chlorophytum)
Pelargonium L'Elegante

Here at PTC, not all gardening takes place outdoors.  There's always watering to do and plants to tend in the conservatory but somehow they are rarely mentioned here.  Strange how house plants could possibly have gone out of fashion.  One thing's for sure - they're bang on trend right now!!  All this talk of air quality has helped their popularity.

Ours range from Begonias and Echeverias to simple Spider Plants and Grape Ivies with some ferns.  These seem to thrive where others have failed.  Most have been propagated and grown on here.  This year, the coffees will come back in for winter as it proved too cold for them in the greenhouse and their survival was a close run thing!


A few more here.

Painting -V- Gardening!

Well lid restored
Beating the rain!
Head Gardener has been a tad busy working above and looking down upon the garden lately!  She has been busy painting the eaves of the house.  Such an opportunity was just too good to miss but it was  weird seeing the garden from such a height!  


Dark & thundery but neat & tidy again.
Now painting is all finished, it's back to gardening BIG time.  With all the heat and rain, everything has been growing furiously.  With August's garden visits looming ever closer, Head Gardener was just beginning to feel a little uneasy at so many overdue jobs.  Luckily Chris arrived unusually early this Saturday and together, we just ploughed on.  Edging, strimming, trimming, weeding.....it was just non stop - that was until about 5pm when heavy rain stopped play.  As well as house painting, a couple of garden projects were completed whilst Chris G was working here.  He made a new Wisteria arch enabling me to train our (historic) wisteria to grow from the Studio across to the front of the barn.  He also erected some shelves on the end of the tool shed and detached the well covers enabling me to remove much of the well fern growth and also creosote the lids before reinstalling them.

We finished the day feeling smug as we'd beaten the rain and we're rather more in control again - phew!