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


18 February 2023

Bad Day at Black Rock!

 Have you ever had one of those gardening days when NOTHING goes right???  Well I certainly had one today! Apart from toppling over in a border - to be fair: it slopes and I just lost my balance.  Having rolled ober backwards down the slop, Chris tried to pull me up from the side - a complete loss of dignity but no injuries. 

Having recovered, I walked all the way from the bonfire to the tool shed (longest distance in the garden) to fetch the muck fork and couldn't find it - at all.  Thinking that we must have left it out somewhere, I eventually returned empty handed.  Needless to say it was standing in its proper place (according to Chris) as he appeared carrying it! Sigh!

Then I was wrong about the make of my treasured hand fork and, as if all of that was enough, I accidentally tipped out the contents of a very full wheelbarrow before it got to the bonfire!

Apart from that, we moved a Hydrangea and an Abelia - both big shrubs so, fingers crossed, trimmed a Berberis and removed a lot of ivy from beneath it oh, and I modelled a rather large hat while Chris had a nap under the Berberis!

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