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


21 March 2016

Operation New Greenhouse

Evacuation & Dismantling

Chris & Kyle removing the roof panes
Covering Dave's electrics & a lonely tree fern!

It's all very well ordering a new greenhouse BUT: when is a good time to do it when one's current greenhouse has to be emptied of its tender contents and dismantled? Add to that all the constraints and restrictions of space, dates, extraordinarily busy builders, exacting building requirements, very precise measurements, deadlines, designs......I could go on and on!. There's a zillion things to think of. No gardener wants to miss a growing season - the thought of no home grown tomatoes is too sad. In the end, we were forced to have a bespoke design because the standard sizes just didn't fit. The nice man at Hartley Botanic has come up with a new design to the guttering which will allow us to retain our two water butt system - one inside and one outside.  As I type, the conservatory looks more like a plant sale with everything squeezed inside and more in the porch and the garage.  We now have a skip on the drive and tomorrow, bricks, sand and cement are expected to join the skip!  We're really hoping for dry weather during the building process .....................shiver! 

Chris G's new greenhouse!

Dave was the first to arrive at 8am sharp to disconnect the greenhouse electrics.  Chris & Kyle arrived shortly after and following coffees all round, operations commenced under some welcome spring sunshine. Typically, it soon clouded over and the glacial temperatures of Saturday made a most unwelcome return! Time for the gardener to change to baker! Six loaves are now proving on the Aga. I must mention that my much cherished antique tiles now have even more meaning. We discovered that they once belonged to Kyle. Kyle's tiles!!

Triumphant Kyle!

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