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


30 April 2023



Last day of April already.. despite the freezing weather and constant rain, much has been hapening in the garden despite only havning been able to plant 2 rows of potatoes! Vegetable seed sowing been stalled by the appalling spring weather!  It's been either too wet ot too cold or both!  

Not to be outdone by the weather, other garden projects have been completed!!  The most needed was soil retention around the summerhouse.  Keeping costs down, were were lucky to have Chris Genever on hand who came up with some unwanted slabs so we didn't have to buy many.  The really genius idea was attaching the leftover tops cut from Victorian pather edgers when we were paving around the well last year.  Chris came up with a seriously cunning plan and having cut off the corneres, he then angles each edging top to fir and alighn all around the summer hous!  After all - concrete slabs aren't much to look st and these look quite pretty for a sort of 'out of the way' spot in the garden. One thing's for certain, it beats having soil against the wooden sides of the summerhouse and makes access for painting and maintenance so much easier!

We liked our look so much, we even wondered if there shouldn't be a market for slabs with a pattered edge.  After all, soil retention is such a common use for them!

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