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


27 August 2017

Last minute preparations!

Ollie Marshall's finial
Ollie & Chris remove the old finial.
The old wooden finial on the summerhouse had completely rotted through and was under attack by woodpeckers. The base on which it stood was in the same sorry state. Enter Ollie Marshall! He made a new finial and base and brought it over today. This time, woodpeckers will have no chance as Ollie has made a new finial out of metal and also a metal base. He and Chris installed it today - just in time for open gardens tomorrow. As a finishing touch a saline solution was made up and poured over it finishing off with a sprinkling of salt, all to speed up the rust process.

The new metal finial in place.
As well as mowing, hoeing and blowing everywhere, Chris trimmed and strimmed hedges and unmowable grass! We practically hoovered the entire garden and then, we sat down and filled a couple of hundred jam jars, lanterns, tea light holders. After dinner, and, as if that wasn't enough, we checked, tested, adjusted and cleaned every single electric light.
Now; with Pat Finch's amazing cakes, all we need is good weather!!

Pat Finch's fab cakes.

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