The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


17 July 2013


Another scorching day and the grass is getting browner and browner and............well, look! 

One very brown lawn!
 Is this what a brown field site looks like?  I have wondered.  Luckily, we set up water collection points from various rooves.  It's collected from the greenhouse roof and fills the galvanised tank inside and a (nasty looking) plastic one outside.  We also collect it off the barn roof and store it in a (nice looking!) old oak barrel.  When it comes to a quick dip with a watering can, these systems are pretty handy.  A strategically placed oscillating sprinkler on the veg patch means that excess water lands on the greenhouse roof and is recycled immediately!  Water from the well is used for topping up the pond as the evaporation rate speeds up in this weather.  The grass has to fend for itself and, as grass always does, will recover in time.  Watering is reserved for vegetables, pots and deserving plants and shrubs.

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