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


23 February 2016

Greenhouse or Glasshouse?.

One of the deadly doors!
Other garden news involves a major decision!  Our faithful old wooden greenhouse has a real mean streak.  A low door with a specialist greenhouse heater hung in the roof above the entrance.  Bear in mind the fact that Al and both Chris's are VERY tall!  Now, if a tall person ducks to avoid being rendered unconscious by the door frame and then stands up, they are still rendered unconscious but this time by the heater.  If they manage to enter unscathed by both, the inner door frame is guaranteed to catch them out.  Every single time with certainty and definitely without fail! 

Last week was just once too many times and (after he picked himself up) 'Sir' spoke out. Not only spoke out but spoke out masterfully! He meant business! 

Something like this but without the high wall behind.
The man came down from Lancashire with a long tape measure, Chris came over to meet him, glossy brochures of amazingly wonderful crystal palace-like structures were duly drooled over.  If you've heard of Joseph Paxton, think on!! Chris produced a slide rule and the man from Lancashire provided graph paper. Chris drew proper scale plans!  Yes, I know - impressive!  A decision was made.  

If you should spot a glint in the sky later this year, it just could be the sun's reflection on a new glass edifice!  If you haven't already guessed, this particular gardener is pretty excited. Even with just a conservatory, I've made 14 jars of lemon marmalade from home grown (yes, HOME grown) lemons.  Think what I can do with a new and even taller greenhouse!  

By the way: who knows the difference between a glasshouse and a greenhouse?

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