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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7 July 2019

Major Pruning & Trmming!

Doing the easy side first!
The trickier side of the hedge!!
When visitors come to the garden, they nearly all enquire about the Golden Marjoram we use as underplanting beneath the roses.  At this time of year, it starts to flop so we we cut it hard back.  Today was the day for this job and the Beech hedge behind the roses also had a a good trim.  This meant a huge mess requiring a major clear up!  The roses really stand out now and in a couple of weeks the Marjoram will both green up and mound up again.

As well as Rose Garden work, Chris trimmed all 4 Philadelphus shrubs.  This year was a brilliant year for them and each one was both a mass of bloom and scent.  At least it was a nice cool day for garden work.  Cutting the Philadelpus above the culvert proved tricky as it grows very close to the edge and there's nowhere for Chris to put his big feet when he has to stand so close to the edge of a drop into deep water! The other side isn't much better as there are 2 Hydrangeas and a Sorbus to say nothing of an Acanthus jungle!!  Anyway, he managed it and hopefully next year, we'll have just as many blooms and perfume!  You can see that we gardeners are born optimists and always planning ahead!


Chris skilfully avoids falling in the culvert below.
Getting in position!

6 July 2019

He's back!!

It was a nice surprise to find that Morse is back in the garden.  Usually he hangs out in the greenhouse but today, he was found among the pots of Acers.

Morse Toad Esq!

3 July 2019

Cherry Picking at PTC




Thanks to Chris who, without even being asked, very thoughtfully covered a few boughs of cherries with their Cherryaid sleeves.  Look how many they picked from a relatively young tree!! Need I say that they were super delicious??!!


2 July 2019

Halesowen Garden Club Visit PTC

Pauline & Sue
Checking out our K6 kiosk!
On a cool and breezy summer evening, PTC garden played host to 30 members from Halesowen Gardening Club who all found their way to our little garden. What a lovely group they were. One gentleman had been interested in our well  Pump Restoration when reading this blog.  He very kindly brought along copies from ('Pumpy' Thomas's) Climax wind pumps catalogue!  How very kind he was.  By coincidence, his wife came from the next village and there followed many other coincidental names and places! They all said lovely things about the garden and another |£300.00 was raised for the National Garden Scheme.  We were so glad to have the services of Sue and Pauline who rode in like the cavalry as Chris and I were still working in the garden when visitors started arriving! I vowed never to go away the w/e before a garden visit ever again!!

Having cut all the hedges whilst I did all the mowing and edging, Chris was picking our cherries and cutting Aspen suckers mintes before they arrived.  He then rushed around placing cushions on every garden seat he could find only to spot that Wisteria was hiding the stone seat.  yes you guessed, he trimmed it all neatly before arranging the cushions! I then pushed my camera into his hands and rushed off to change.  All PHOTOS OF THE VISIT were taken by him. 

Al explains the finer points of horticulture to visiting experts!!

Another gentleman who knew all about phone boxes explained how he had aquired the national collection at Avoncroft Museum of Buildings.  It didn't take him long to spot our very own K6!!  How very interesting we gardening folk really are!

18 June 2019

A Visit from Sutton Coldfield Ladies' Gardening Club



The rain held off for 50 members of the Sutton Coldfield Ladies' Gardening Club who arrived in a coach to visit the garden and enjoy coffee, cakes and biscuits.  Joe their coach driver coped brilliantly with our narrow lanes despite encountering our dustbin lorry twice.  It was much more of a surprise for them than Joe! The ladies were all very enthusiastic about the garden and many promised to make a return visit. They then left for lunch at the Masons Arms followed by a visit to Little Malvern Court this afternoon.

What a shame we forgot to take any photos whilst they were actually here!!

This means that, so far this year, our garden has raised a total of £1185.95 for charity!

17 June 2019

Saturday turns into Saturday.

Spot the Lewisias!

Despite the incessant rain, the Philadelpus is holding up really well - so far!  Also not looking too bad are the Peonies and hardy Geraniums.  Who knows what state they'll be in when the predicted thunderstorms arrive?  Chris sneaked off to Bransford Plant sale and came back with a Scabious, an Achillea, 2 Lewisias, a weeping Birch and an Amelanchier - of and a couple of ferns.  As Saturday was swapped to Sunday, we actually managed to plant all but the trees. I hope to keep the Lewisias in pots but am aware that they're not known to be easy - nervous shiver!

Philadelphus
Chris also did some emergency remedial prning on the Liriodendron.  Ours has 7 leaders which have inosculated over time.  The strong winds had been causing so much movement, there was bleeding at the inosculation site.  He reduced the weight on the affected leaders and then evened up the remaining leaders.  The overall effect is a much elevated crown.  

16 June 2019

Gardener's Rainy Day Out!



Head Gardener took time off from her own (very wet) garden and went off to visit Showborough House Sculpture Garden.  It's SUCH a lovely garden and so worth a visit.  Sadly, it closes on Sunday until next year. We admired both the fabulous  and quirky garden and many of the sculptures.  We even bought a couple of small ones - a glass blackbird to join our Woodpeckers and a leafy metal globe which I think will look effective with either a plant in it or a candle. After enjoying tea and cakes, it was time for another wander round.  I spotted a huge amount of Mistletoe growing in a big old Acacia which I'd not seen before. 

The following link is well worth looking at: https://www.showborough.com/index.html