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 2019

Halesowen Garden Club Visit PTC

Pauline & Sue
Checking out our K6 kiosk!
On a cool and breezy summer evening, PTC garden played host to 30 members from Halesowen Gardening Club who all found their way to our little garden. What a lovely group they were. One gentleman had been interested in our well  Pump Restoration when reading this blog.  He very kindly brought along copies from ('Pumpy' Thomas's) Climax wind pumps catalogue!  How very kind he was.  By coincidence, his wife came from the next village and there followed many other coincidental names and places! They all said lovely things about the garden and another |£300.00 was raised for the National Garden Scheme.  We were so glad to have the services of Sue and Pauline who rode in like the cavalry as Chris and I were still working in the garden when visitors started arriving! I vowed never to go away the w/e before a garden visit ever again!!

Having cut all the hedges whilst I did all the mowing and edging, Chris was picking our cherries and cutting Aspen suckers mintes before they arrived.  He then rushed around placing cushions on every garden seat he could find only to spot that Wisteria was hiding the stone seat.  yes you guessed, he trimmed it all neatly before arranging the cushions! I then pushed my camera into his hands and rushed off to change.  All PHOTOS OF THE VISIT were taken by him. 

Al explains the finer points of horticulture to visiting experts!!

Another gentleman who knew all about phone boxes explained how he had aquired the national collection at Avoncroft Museum of Buildings.  It didn't take him long to spot our very own K6!!  How very interesting we gardening folk really are!

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