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


12 May 2012

Malvern Spring Garden Show 2012

May wouldn't be quite the same without a trip to the Spring Garden Show at Malvern.  Wardrobe was never in question as it was SO wet.  Wellies it had to be.  Our big mistake was not to have travelled in them.  We parked in a sea of mud and the wellies were in the boot.  In order to put them on, we would have had to paddle through the ankle deep mud and open the rear tailgate to even reach them.  That being the case, we decided that, as were were already wearing boots of  differing styles, we tip toe following the ruts and would risk not putting on our wellies.  As it was the first day of the show, we hoped that it wouldn't be too busy and therefore not too muddy.  WRONG on both counts.  It was hugely busy and the committee staff were very slow in organising and distributing wood chip around the outside stands meaning that there was deep mud.  One had to feel sorry for the exhibitors whose stands were too muddy for visitors to brave a visit.  We managed to dodge most of the showers and stay warm-ish but the little wheels on our shopping cart just kept jamming and clogging up with the mud.  Not that we were deterred from filling it!  Plants purchased included Sempervivums, Chrysanthemum plugs, Dodecatheon Dentatatums, Streptocarpus etc etc. As usual, there were many nurseries selling the same plants and when it came to Hostas, the pricing was suspiciously close on every stand.

It was good to see that Owen's of Bevere won gold and I personally thought Grange Farm were also worthy but they weren't far behind.

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