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


7 April 2011

The Hen Pen

More work on the Henclosure!  Today was spent digging out a trench for the new beech hedge which follows the curve of the mesh.  The beech trees were VERY kindly donated by Chris and dug up from his wood.  Hopefully it will soften and eventually hide most of the weldmesh panels.  Yes!  I KNOW it's a tad late in the season to be planting a hedge.  It's just that none of this work was anticipated prior to Monsieur Le Reynard's murderous visit!  I do need to paint the fence post finials without dripping paint on the new hedging plants.

The Henclosure

David's Gate

David Lane (of J.W. Lanes Ltd - Agricultural Engineers of Stanford bridge)  made a really lovely gate in a Victorian style and delivered it in person just in time to hang it this morning.  Lanes can always be relied upon for all things sensible and useful and  -at all times.  Chris now wants to lay some pretty bricks from the gate and around the House for Hens.

Other jobs involved lowering the hedge in front of the Banana Bench allowing views across to Woodbury and Abberley Clock Tower whilst seated.  It takes MUCH courage to cut a great chuck out of a mature hedge and this was very radical move (gulp)!  It just needs to green over now!

The Banana Bench
Original hedge height seen on right

Original  hedge height seen on left

Hopefully, it will  even thicken out.  From a seated position, half the vistas would have been obscured and we would have been left with a close-up view of a less than perfect and very old hedge.

It would be nice to find some pretty Victorian railings of a suitable height to disguise/obscure the rabbit netting.

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