'UP THE GARDEN PATH' by Pam Thompson
- THE CAST
- THE GARDEN
- GARDEN WILDLIFE
- 2005 - 2016 GREENHOUSE UPGRADES
- 2008 -THYME SQUARE
- 2012 - THE PEAR HUT
- 2006 - OIL TANK SCULPTURES
- 2005 - RABBITS OUT-FOXED
- 2006 - BOUNDARIES
- 2004 - AN OLD BUOY
- 2009 - CULVERT+SUMMERHOUSE
- 2005 - PUMP RESTORATION
- 2010 - LIVING WITH HENS!
- THE WORLD'S MOST RECYCLED GARDEN!
- 'UP THE GARDEN PATH' by Pam Thompson
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 April 2021
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
11 April 2021
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.
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!
2 April 2021
If all goes well with the grafts, we shall remove the original Bramley which is really ill placed. For this year, we have removed one of its larger boughs allowing us to harvest fruit for which we hope will be its last year.
21 March 2021
Well! After an "efficient Saturday", it was Smug Sunday!
A little bistro set that sits on the jetty had a makeover. It was a skip rescue few years ago and despite several coats of preservative, it always looked bleached and neglected. A coat of paint was called for and having given it 3 coats of Old English Green it looked so smart, I wish I'd taken a 'before' shot. I could hardly place them back on the jetty without smartening that up too!
Time to get the mowers out while the weather is so mild and dry. With the temperatures increasing and the extra hours of daylight, the grass is growing and greening up. Still on a high cut, the lawns and orchard were all trimmed and as we'd weeded the pond margins yesterday, I sharpened my favourite long handled edging tool and with edging shears went round neatening all the edges. Lastly I hoed several more borders.
Feeling Sunday smugness!
20 March 2021
Chris arrived with a load of black gold in the form of well rotted horse manure!! This was duly barrowed to the vegetable patch and the dahlia border and then dug in. Thyme Square borders were all weeded before moving down to the pond where all the margins were weeded and forked over.
Lastly, we attacked the pond side of the Sofa Border - a tad more of a gargantuan task to commence so late in the day. We removed ivy from shrubs, Chris took out 2 dying shrubs and moved Prudence to a central and more befitting place for such a modest but elegant statue! No weeds were strewn on the grass and raked up afterwards. Chris decreed they be placed directly in wheelbarrows announcing that this was an 'efficient Saturday!"
And so it really was!
Another big thank you to Chris - now time for a very well earned gin!!!!!