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


2 July 2016


Geranium Frank Headly

......Our seriously wet June has of course made little difference to the lush and burgeoning contents of the new greenhouse. We now have cucumbers coming out of our ears - well nearly! A little more sun would probably help ripen the tomatoes. All tops have been pinched out leaving between 5 and 6 trusses of ever growing fruits. Outside the greenhouse, our new drainage arrangements have well and truly been put to a severe test. Thanks to Chris, excess water no longer floods into the greenhouse beneath the door and, there's no standing water anywhere at all! I
The new gravelled staging is a huge improvement on the previous wooden slatted staging. Pots no longer tip on the slat edges and it's easy to elevate the humidity by damping down the gravel.

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