The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


19 September 2011

Conifer Pruning Between (& During!) the Showers

Chief Pruner

This weekend, it was time for conifers to have their annual haircut. Now! There are always 2 important roles as far as this job is concerned!  Wielding the pole cutters and holding the ladder!  Guess who's job it is to hold the ladder and get absolutely showered in conifer cuttings which go down ones neck every single time no matter what precautions are taken!  Not that I was the only one to suffer! Chris; clad in climbing harness and a T shirt, was marooned at the very top for 10 minutes whilst the heavens opened!  Torrents of glacial rain fell and, minutes later, it was back to blue skies and warm sunshine!

O.I.C. Ladder Security!

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