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


8 June 2014

Open Gardens Countdown

Trimmed box

Only 1 Saturday left before Open Gardens weekend!  Am I nervous?  You BET I am! The 'Panic' list seems endless and it's not just gardening jobs.  Now, I have catering to consider too.  The very worst thing is having no idea of visitor numbers. Will anyone even come?  Could the kettle be overwhelmed with thirsty visitors?  Will it pour (the weather not the kettle!) with rain for both days?  Oh well - no going back now! At least the violent thunder storms and equatorial rain we had yesterday didn't quite flatten everything! For once, I'd got around to doing some staking so only the meadow grass was smashed down.
Re-upholstered Yew Sofa

More weeding, mowing and edging needed!  Geraniums to plant out, Forget-me-nots to pull out - I said the list was endless!  Chris did lots of hedge cutting yesterday including the circular Box hedge around the well and the Yew sofa  which had some serious re-upholstery as it had outgrown its frame and its allotted space!  A few patchy places but nothing that won't green up - that's the advantage of Yew!  And - yes, you can actually sit on it! Going back to the Box, it's gradually being reshaped on the top and we hope that the shadow thrown by the pump means that we can make it into a living sundial.  Well - that's our idea!!

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