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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26 May 2019

NGS Open Gardens 26.V.MMXIX

On a fairly indifferent day and following a miserable rainy start, the weather slowly improved and eventually the sun cme out. Chris, who had noticed yesterday (when it was too late to do anything) that the stone seat was completely hidden by overgrown Jasmine arrived early this morning in order to trim it and all before he set off for a day's tree work!  THAT is dedication!! Thanks so much, Chris!

Braving the drizzle, the first visitors actually arrived early - catching me with a garden rake in one and a thistle in the other!!  Too tricky to hide both behind my back!

Visitors enjoying the summerhouse.
Visitors kept on arriving and with today's team consisting of Lindy, Sue and Lyn, they were rushed of their feet serving teas and washing up. Maureen had a change of duty and was our chauffeuse for the afternoon. Using her own car as the shuttle bus, she drove the less able from the car park, up the hill to the garden.  In total, we had 88 visitors, 4 dogs and the real star of the occasion was a 1927 Alvis!!  We made a staggering £661.00. 
Exploring the main lawn.

A HUMONGOUS thank you to all our helpers.  We truly appreciate your support and without you, we simply couldn't have raised this money.  Congratulations to you all!

Oh, and Chris: many visitors enjoyed sitting on the stone seat this afternoon, but, none more than a disabled gentleman who was unable to walk round the garden but was helped to that very seat where he enjoyed taking in views of the garden and further across the valley to the hills beyond and all in the sunshine! 

However, we did miss Chris's prowess with my camera and resulting photos.  With one exception, these were taken by Al.


Star car by far!    The 1927 Alvis.

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