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 May 2016
Success against the odds!
Woodland Border path
Despite the rain, biting winds and glacial weather conditions; hardy garden visitors refused to be deterred and rolled up for our weekend garden opening. To our utter amazement, we raised the grand total of £405.60. I had definitely not expected to raise even half that. Chris ensured the garden looked magical. He made a gate for our new fruit area and even carved out the name; 'Nutberry Noak' We have fruit (currants and raspberries etc), a hazel nut tree and the surrounding fence is made from reclaimed oak - hence the name! It looks wonderfully rustic. He also came back to light over a hundred night lights and place them around the garden. Isn't he a star? One visitor rang his wife and told her it was too magical to miss. He instructed her to wrap up warm then went back home to collect her and brought her back!!
Di & Pauline
As usual, we were very lucky to have a loyal team of helpers not only generously making and donating cakes but slaving away serving teas, washing up and leaving everything pristine. A VERY BIG thank you to everyone and that includes Janine who helped with all the preparations!! Thank you also to all our visitors who ignored the weather to support a worthy cause!