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


14 March 2011

Unscheduled Projects!

Much project progress made but - all entirely unscheduled!  Chris had this idea to move the Banana Bench and create a little secret seating area behind the dead Ceonothus.  Then he thought it needed a brick foundation.  He brought the bricks and did the entire thing on his own (whilst we attended a wedding). It looked so lovely, we all thought it deserved a path leading to it!  This meant moving the newly planted rose and creating a little more privacy by moving the Berberis from the Top Lawn Border to screen the bench.  It meant more bricks, sand and cement and more unscheduled work.  Rain stopped play before we finished on Saturday so work continued yesterday and all is now finished.  The path winds around the Caryopteris passing Clarissa before stepping down onto the service path at the back of the border. Plants which had to be moved included Polyanthus which were divided and replanted either side of the path.  All we need now is time to sit on the bench and enjoy its views across to Woodbury & Abberley clock tower.

Below: The Banana Bench

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