The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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14 May 2016

Kyle's Tiles (& others) Recycled Yet Again!!




A surprise return visit from Chris Genever for the day and loads of tiles were expertly laid in the new greenhouse and they look a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Of course he did have his trusty labourer, architect, advisor, helper, apprentice, photographer and assistant on site!! Deciding on the layout with such a mixed collection of sizes, patterns and colours wasn't straight forward but we made it! Also, working among so many plants wasn't ideal but huge progress was made.  Even a cucumber bed was made and, like the vine, the edges of which were done in original blue Staffordshire path edging tiles. Incidentally, I learnt today from the previous owners of PTC that the vine was probably planted in 1992/3. I'm also informed that it's likely to be a Muller-Thurgau which is interesting for its Swiss origins! I spotted the following information:

  • Müller-Thurgau is a white grape variety which was created by Hermann Müller from the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882. It is a crossing of Riesling with Madeleine Royale. Wikipedia

Scientific nameVitis vinifera 'Muller-Thurgau'



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