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


4 July 2021

Thirsty Gardeners!

 We're now into July when so much has been happening in the garden!  With the warm and humid weather, both grass and weeds have all been growing at 90mph.  After his knee surgery, I'm happy - if not relieved to say that my Under Gardener is once again mowing his patch!  Keeping pace with all the mowing & edging with all the other jobs has been challenging to say the least!

Potatoes are disappointing this year as they sat in cold and wet soil back in April so I just know that yields will be down on last year.  For the first time, wood pigeons have been savagely attacking the peas - the favourites, sigh!  However, onions, carrots & broad beans are all thriving and so far, no black fly.  I'm enjoying cutting carnations growing in the greenhouse for the house.  Dahlias are just coming into bloom with Eveline looking her purest best!

I was moved to use Adam Frost's idea (BBC Gardeners' World)  for a drinks rest.  Using some planters bought by the Under Gardener earlier in the year and some Sempervivums that spent the winter in the Pelargonium Theatre with some upturned clay saucers, I made two and put them either side of the seat in front of the studio.  It's well known that gardening is very thirsty work and, as pictured, they have already been put to excellent use!

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