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


21 June 2013


'This week I  'ave bin mostly............'

Evidence of work being done!
............. trying to keep things tidy for the Wichenford Open Garden weekend and removing yet more dead forget-me-nots and keeping pace with edging and mowing.  That meant being up early and, with help from 'he who should be retired' (who's still only allowed to mow the lower lawn and not do the edges!) all lawns and orchard were mowed by 9am!  By way of a change, the weather was unusually seasonal ie. warm and sunny.  The Moyesii rose is blooming and looks fab.  Trouble is it's down by the swing seat so it was a perfect excuse for us to go and enjoy a sundowner (or 2!) just to admire it and to also gaze across to Woodbury and Abberley clock tower as the sun set over Rob's perfectly manicured apple orchards - sigh!

Our new rose garden is looking a little more like a rose garden - the only trouble is: due to the viciously cold spring, the frost really burnt off the new growth which really held them back.  That means that the under-planted Geraniums not only caught up but are trying to overtake them and that many of the rose blooms aren't quite as prominent as they should be.

Shrub roses fight it out with the Geraniums!

The veg patch with its well rotted cow manure is doing well although very late.  If only the sparrows would stop dust bathing and eating the lettuces - Grr!  Still, with the weather is set to deteriorate with more rain and dreaded strong winds forecast for tomorrow. At least 'the dear little sparrows' won't have any dust in which to bathe!  You see, I can always look on the bright side!

More photos taken on the Longest Day

No comments: