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


22 July 2018

Tolerating the Searing Heat!

Wing Commander Peckington-Wood D.F.C.!
Chris hard at work!
Despite the never ending heat wave, work has continued apace in the garden.  The Yew sofa and front Yew hedge has had its annual Pugh trim.  As shrubs have flowered, Chris has wielded heavy hedge cutters and reshaped them as well as keeping pace with the boundary hedges - no mean feat! Philadelphi, Choiysias, Spireas, Heathers, Roses have all enjoyed his touch and are looking very neat.  Watering is still pretty arduous but worthwhile.

Colour by the Tool Shed
We've had more garden visitors - this time from Cleobury Mortimer Horticultural Society.  Sadly, I forgot to take any photos but they were super friendly and very complimentary.

  Our latest acquisition, Wing Commander Peckington-Wood D.F.C. has taken up residence in a silver Birch (Betula utilis Jacquemontii) outside the kitchen window so we are enjoying the sun setting behind him and shining through his lovely colours. We now need to move his friend: Professor Yaffles - a glass green woodpecker so he too can be seen from the window with the light behind him!

Chris Genever's Zinnias along with Dahlias, Violias and Geraniums have provided a real shot of colour in front of the tool shed. Never having grown Zinnias before, they are highly commended! They even enjoy a good vase life.

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