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 June 2020


The Dahlia Border

The Vegetable Plot.

As for the rest of the garden... it's dry!  VERY dry.  VERY dry everywhere!  Like everyone else, we're desperate for rain. Am managing to keep the vegetables watered and thanks to Chris's black gold, they look really healthy. Pea germination was pretty appalling and we'll be lucky to enjoy a single meal.

Saturday was spent digging round the chickens bamboos and removing all the runners.  A hard and dusty job but Chris keeps them under control.  We then picked all the Sweet Williams prior to removal and to make space for the Dahlias.  Picking flowers proved not to be Chris's favourite occupation!! There were complaints that it should be forestry not floristry!

The soil is very poor in this bed so we enriched it with what we had to hand - bonemeal, chicken pellets and Growmore.  We then laid down the seep hose to keep their roots gently watered.

Buckets of cut Sweet Williams

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