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


4 June 2015

Judgement Day!

Well it was judgement day for 'Britain's Best Gardeners' Garden' at PTC and, thank goodness, the sun decided to shine.  If we'd had Monday's gales it would have been a disaster!  Instead, the cuckoo was singing and the garden was full of baby robins and blackbirds scuttling around in the borders.
Having mowed the day before, I managed to finish the edging and have a really good tidy up everywhere before the judges arrived. 

That meant sweeping out the greenhouse - again, rushing around placing cushions on every seat and trimming the Jasmine (nudiflorum) from around the stone seat. I even remembered to top up the pond levels from the well. The telephone kiosk wasn't forgotten and Janine waged war against spiders.  In fact - it was looking so tidy, I even found time to run around with the camera. Judgement Day Photos 

The three judges arrived at 2pm and stayed until 4pm. Having established that afternoon tea and home made lemon sponge cake wouldn't be considered bribery and after walking round the garden; tea and cakes were duly served on the terrace.  They were very nice and seemed to enjoy the garden - they definitely enjoyed the cake!!  We're still on a knife edge as they have yet to visit another competing garden in Yorkshire.  

In the meantime, our local radio station expressed an interest so I was able to participate in a radio interview on BBC Hereford & Worcester and help promote Wichenford Open Gardens on 20 & 21 June 2015 - in case you've forgotten!!  Hopefully punters will be queueing up at every garden gate!

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