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.

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19 April 2011

More winter losses

Slatehenge
Another 2 dead trees removed this weekend!  This now makes the winter losses for 2009-2011 for trees and shrubs total a shocking 13 with another Eucalyptus in the top lawn border looking extremely uncertain.  One dead Pittisporum and a dead Eucalyptus Gunnii were duly removed and in the place of the former, we erected 'slate-henge', out of some rescued slate shelves from a dairy.  These were presents from Chris and had been sitting under the hedge until we found a place for them or had an idea!  Which I did!  Hopefully, they don't look too much like gravestones.  We had thought of making a bench but they are too long and much too precious to cut!  As they are doubtless Welsh slate, it seemed appropriate to plant the 3 Welsh ferns (rescued self sets) - one at the foot of each each slab.   The Cotoneaster behind is looking decidedly untidy because that's exactly where the Pittisporum stood (tall and proud prior the arrival of our glacial winter).  Now there is less shade, the Cotoneaster will fill in and with the benefit of some more planting, hopefully all will look more settled.  Perfectly Pagan!

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