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!

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6 June 2014

D Day Anniversary Beans


Sarah and Roger
When it comes to runner beans, I've never known such poor germination.  I wasn't able to find any of my usual varieties and so this year, I sowed Suttons Best of All.  They have turned out to be worst of all!  I sprinkled slug pellets around as usual as I didn't want them eaten as they popped up and so I'm not even blaming slugs despite plague proportions after such a wet winter. Germination was so very poor, I even resorted to a second sowing to fill the gaps and then - right on cue, our neighbours dropped in and guess what!  They gave me 5 super healthy bean plants - 4 Enorma and 1 French climber.  Not only were they lovely healthy plants but they were about 18 inches tall!  Those which have decided to germinate are less than 2 inches high.  Now it's one thing when neighbours drop round with plants but it's a bit special when they plant them and then carefully tie them in!  It was the perfect excuse to sit down and enjoy a glass of perfectly chilled Chablis! After this rather convivial little interlude, it was time for me to mow the West lawn.  A gardener's work is never done - sigh!

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