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 May 2010

May Day Gardening Ban

Injections into a hip on Friday means that gardening work is disallowed for 3 - 4 days.... sigh.  This meant that one wasn't allowed to test drive the latest piece of equipment or do any much needed weeding!  Anyway, Al's old (read: ancient) mower coughed and spluttered for the very last time on Thursday.  It had been slowly becoming more and more decrepit and Jake had already warned us that it wasn't worth servicing any more - and that was 2 years ago!  I ordered a nice shiny new one from Jake at Not the most romantic of wedding anniversary presents but 'practical' and not a second too soon!  It was chosen because it had the biggest variation in cutting heights - enabling those nice artistic patterns in the grass.  
In the meantime Chris was on his hands and knees in the shrubs clearing out all the Goose Grass before it takes over.  I was only allowed to advise in the moving of an Acer and a little light lawn edging (no bending needed!)  Since the rabbits ate our lovely spreading conifers in the sofa border over winter; we have a couple of biggish gaps.  A pretty little Acer Palmatum has helped take the bareness of the area.

We've added 4 new occupants to the pond.  Four Golden Tench have taken up residence and join the Rudd.  We are advised by our piscean expert: Chris that they are bottom feeders!!  Mmm!  I think he means that they help eat the rubbish which collects.  Anyway, they look quite pretty and more importantly; they're native.

As dedicated watercress fans, we've also decided to grow some round the pond margins.  After all, how difficult can it be?  We planted a couple of healthy plants at a depth of about 4 inches and we'll wait and see and..... hopefully eat!

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