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


15 May 2011

Back from Latvia

Latvian Relic
Not much evidence of any gardening happening in or around Riga and this forgotten and overgrown temple right on the Baltic coast was the nearest I found!  The corporation bedding in the city was impressive but I didn't count that as real gardening.

On returning to PTC, following Sir's successful lecture debut in Riga, the peas, beetroot, and carrots are all up but - what a pity about these cold winds!  I know we need the rain but the wind is so damaging when everything is in full leaf.

Yes!  I know all my Hazel spars look funny in the veg patch BUT, with the addition of some trusty binder twine, they will prevent the haulms and the broad beans from flopping everywhere.  The runner beans are just emerging but it's much too cold for them.
Hazel Spars
Papaver Orientale Patty's Plum

I just had to post this poppy photo - not because I like the colour (which is a complete washout!) but, because it's JUST exactly like tissue paper.

Why exactly did the watering can have to fall on to the first tomato plant and break the top out of it???  !

Genever Tomato Plants

Anyway - after all the late/last minute/11th hour/rush/stress/changes/amendments on Powerpoint with The Lecture, I can now return to some serious horticulture - phew!  Oh dear - I just remembered: Open Garden preparations!

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