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


26 July 2013

Martley Horticultural Society Visit PTC

Time for another tidy up for this evening's visit and cut back all Shirl's Osteospermums which, as the photo shows, had got a little out of hand and which had mostly finished blooming.  More hardy Geraniums and Alchemila Mollis were cut back and I finished mowing, edging and clipping back the Beech hedge by the Hen Pen as well as the verges and the orchard.  It was all a big rush to finish by 6.45pm.  Judith brought wine, glasses and nibbles earlier and I still wasn't quite ready somehow!   That might have something to do with the stop for a Pimms when she arrived! Anyway, it wasn't as scary as I thought and they seemed a pretty friendly bunch. There were a couple of familiar faces and I also met Dave Cropp, the author of a book on Martley's most famous gardener: T.W. Sanders who was awarded a medal by the King of Sweden was recognised by the Linnaean Society but gained no recognition in the UK despite having had a hand in the design of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles.  Anyway, despite the prediction of gathering storms the evening remained warm and sunny with yet another biblical sunset and they seemed to enjoy themselves and, more importantly, £104.00 was raised for St. Richard's Hospice.
These stragglers have now been clipped.

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