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


29 October 2014

Gardening in Miniature

Evie's photo of her miniature garden

Last week, our niece; young Evie Thompson came to stay at P.T.C. As well as spring cleaning the studio super thoroughly (she even hoovered all the spiders out of each of the old bottles!) and collecting mushrooms, there was time to make a miniature garden.  It was rather rushed but this is a photo she sent after arriving home with it in Leamington Spa.  We made a winding path from horticultural grit, a pond from foil and decking from Dogwood stems.  The terrace was made from small pebbles and the studio/gazebo from more Dogwood stems with a cardboard roof.  We used moss for the lawns and Sedums and various conifers for trees and shrubs. Following all this heavy garden work, Evie helped serve much deserved cream teas for 4 in the now immaculate studio (photos of an exceptionally tidy studio to follow!)

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