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


7 April 2020

Up the Garden Path - The Greenhouse Virtual Tour.

In view of the lack of garden visitors this year, it's been suggested by the National Garden Scheme that we offer garden videos for people who had planned or hoped to make a visit.

With that in mind, I shall be doing virtual tours.  So that no one falls asleep, I'll keep them short and so we start of with the first one which takes up to and around half the greenhouse!

If you're still awake, here's a short tour of the other side of the greenhouse!

6 April 2020

Garden Tool Envy!

Top Lawn Border.
Amelanchier La Paloma
Nearly empty compost heap.

This week the bulk of our time was spent weeding and edging the top lawn borders, A bit of a Herculean task normally - however, Chris has a new garden tool in the form of a 3 tined cultivator with the single tine at the 'front' NOT the back!  It's amazing and makes such light work of such jobs.  I'm VERY envious!!  he then barrowed up loads of compost from the compost heap and gave everything a really good mulch.  All very satisfying work and so very smug making!!   

We are relieved and pleased to see the little Amelanchier in full bloom.  We have already lost one in this border and this is the second specimen - so far doing well.  Not only lovely flowers in spring but fabulous leaf colour in autumn. Bonus!!  

30 March 2020


5 barrow loads of well rotted horse manure!
Head Gardener was indisposed this Saturday, and missed out on vegetable growing preparations.  She had made a start in tidying the Vegetable Patch but luckily for her, Chris was on hand to do the heavy work come to the rescue!  

Chris's Mantis cultivator
It's that once a year getting ready for the growing season that I hate to miss out on!  Chris had brought some horticultural gold dust in the form of super well rotted horse manure and worked it in with his mantis cultivator.  Whilst there were jokes about it looking a tad girlie, it actually proved totally and perfectly ideal for our small patch.  I now have a perfect tilth in which to sow and plant.
Not only did he leave it looking as neat, level and pristine as humanly possible but knowing how I hate to miss out on garden stuff,  he even took a few photos! Thanks Chris! As soon as this cold spell is over (later this week, we're told), I shall be out there sowing and planting.  Seed potatoes in the form of Arran Pilots are already chitted and whilst I know that many sow broad beans far earlier, it's much easier for us to clear the entire plot in a single session rather than till soil avoiding plants growing already. Hence, over wintering Brassicas and Chrysanthemums were all removed beforehand.

All finished with bean tunnel back in place!

 Isolating or not, there's always plenty to do in the garden!

28 March 2020

Garden Lighting MOT

Dave at work.
Another one fixed!

Visitors or not, it was time for an MOT on the garden lighting system. Dave Melhuish of DSM Electrical Services - PTC's very own lighting consultant & electrical engineer par excellence popped over to work alone in the garden replacing broken lights and generally ensuring everything was in tip top order.  If we're to have the garden to ourselves this summer, it'll be nice to have everything working properly.  After all, it looks as if we might be here for the long haul.  Garden lighting was one one of the best additions.  In winter, uplit skeletal trees come to life and on long summer evenings, soft lighting bouncing off the leaf canopies is the height of horticultural romance!!

An example of Dave's work on the terrace.

27 March 2020

Garden in Isolation

Those walkers taking their daily exercise can still donate to the caring charities in this great time of need!  Even though garden visiting isn't allowed, walkers can peep over the hedge or take a virtual tour here: 

Virtual Garden Tour

Donations can be left here.
Public footpath running along the garden hedge.

19 March 2020



Here's an opportunity for all those who planned to support us in our fund raising for The National Garden Scheme but, alas can no longer do so in person.  By making a donation, you will be supporting the caring charities - those who care for US.

Follow the link:

Pear Tree Cottage Garden needs you!

17 March 2020

Arboreal Chameleons!

Acer palmatum Sango-kaku
Acer palmatum dissectum last Autumn & now in the ground!
It definitely wasn't on the official jobs list but, when I mentioned to Chris that a pot growing Acer palmatum Sango-kaku was desperately in need of a little more elbow room, he came up with the perfect idea!  I'd been thinking and THINKING - where on earth could it be planted?  He immediately suggested the Aspen Grove. Genius!! Why hadn't I thought of that??  Since we removed all the Aspens and replanted with multi stemmed birch, it's not even an Aspen grove any more!  For obvious reasons, the Sango-kaku is also known as the Coral barked maple.

We spent the usual time trying it in various positions before planting and there was a choice of 2 ideal spots.  As soon as it was in the ground, I was off to look for another to steal away and pop in the other spot.  I found a small terribly one sided Acer dissectum which was also too big for its pot and so Chris very cleverly planted it on the lean!  Now we can't wait for all those leaf buds to break open!

Centre: yellow leaved Acer palmatum Sango-kaku

We're more than a tad partial to Acers in this garden and have about a dozen in the garden and 6 or 7 in pots.  They're the chameleons of the tree world!