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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4 August 2019

Painting -V- Gardening!

Well lid restored
Beating the rain!
Head Gardener has been a tad busy working above and looking down upon the garden lately!  She has been busy painting the eaves of the house.  Such an opportunity was just too good to miss but it was  weird seeing the garden from such a height!  


Dark & thundery but neat & tidy again.
Now painting is all finished, it's back to gardening BIG time.  With all the heat and rain, everything has been growing furiously.  With August's garden visits looming ever closer, Head Gardener was just beginning to feel a little uneasy at so many overdue jobs.  Luckily Chris arrived unusually early this Saturday and together, we just ploughed on.  Edging, strimming, trimming, weeding.....it was just non stop - that was until about 5pm when heavy rain stopped play.  As well as house painting, a couple of garden projects were completed whilst Chris G was working here.  He made a new Wisteria arch enabling me to train our (historic) wisteria to grow from the Studio across to the front of the barn.  He also erected some shelves on the end of the tool shed and detached the well covers enabling me to remove much of the well fern growth and also creosote the lids before reinstalling them.

We finished the day feeling smug as we'd beaten the rain and we're rather more in control again - phew!

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