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


29 May 2012


Who could say no to an oak tree when the opportunity arose?  Despite nearly 4 tons of pavers on the drive at the time of delivery, room just had to be found and another third was dropped in the adjacent field (courtesy of Rob Holloway).  Sunday (under the heat of the sun!) was spent splitting and lugging but, on this occasion, not by our blogger who was just as busy getting the garden ready for an imminent visit from garden inspectors at the N.G.S..  Logging fell to Ian, Al and Chris and some very big toys.  If I was totally honest, I'd have to admit that it was good to have a tractor ticking away on the drive at PTC working.  Memories from the old days I guess.

Undeterred and in blistering heat of the greenhouse, plants overwintered were single handedly lugged out.  I had help with the lemon but couldn't interrupt logging further so just had to plough on with all the others.  After the freezing cold spring, tomatoes were still in their pots instead of being in their final planting places.  I certainly chose a bad day for greenhouse work - the tomatoes were planted out and never had a G&T tasted so good!

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