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


31 May 2016

Pond Pump Probs

Retrieving the failed pump
Locating the failed pump

The pond pump started to sound suspiciously noisy before it just stopped a few days ago.  Fearing it had silted up, Chris came to the rescue and with a ladder and plank across the pond, he retrieved the failed pump and installed a replacement. We were keen to see why a year old pump should fail and it was pleasing to see that there was no evidence of silt whatsoever.  Instead, we found that the screw securing the impeller had become detached and dropped off! A ladder over the pond was an ideal opportunity to tip toe out and get a closer than usual shot of a water lily without falling in. Even the filter was dismantled and cleaned. After lunch work commenced on the Secret Steps Project.

The first lily of the year.

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