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.

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20 May 2019

Much May Maintenance!

Partially draining the pond
It's not just been about opening plant theatres!  Preparing for the Open Garden season means lots of maintenance jobs like flushing out the pond and cleaning the filter - again!  There's been weeding, pruning, trimming, planting out,not to mention endless mowing & edging!

Since a rabbit breached defences and scoffed all the Genever Sweet Peas, I've replanted with some Sarah Raven plants.



Much has been happening in the greenhouse, with potting up cuttings, potting on Pelargoniums and hardening off plants in cold frames ready for their season out in the elements!

The vegetable garden is, at long last coming together!  With such a cold start, things are late but pea germination has been MUCH better than last year.  Everything is squashed up together as I was determined to put in a row of Chrysanthemums for late cutting.  Do I need a bigger vegetable patch I wonder??

I also chose a freezing cold day to go to the Malvern Spring Show and practically contracted hypothermia on the NGS stand!  I did return with a few purchases - namely a Festuca for Easter Island Man and a rusty sculpture!

Better get back to work!!

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