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 May 2015

Repairs & Renovations for Open Gardens

Despite competitions, preparations for open gardens next week are well under way.  Chris even gave up a Bank Holiday Monday to come renovate Kay's swing seat roof and mend one of the green garden doors which had succumbed to rot over winter.  The previous roof had been ply which had only stood a very short test of time so it was decided to go for something a little longer lasting.  Brian our painter took me over to Lanes to collect the corrugated tin which we tied onto the roof of his van.  Luckily it was still there when we arrived home so I was able to paint it with Tractol 'Landrover Green'.  I was in trouble for painting the right side of one sheet and the wrong side of the other!!  As a mere apprentice, how was I to know?  It worked out in my favour luckily!  Now all I have to do is touch up the green paint.  It looks really smart and having had its joints tightened and extra bracing, it's a whole lot steadier.  Today, Janine and I turned the conservatory into a tea room so, time to sit and swing in it would be nice!  Getting ready for open gardens

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