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


18 November 2011

Garden Blogger Returns!

Acer Palmatum Seiryu

It was nice to see that not all the colour had disappeared from the garden when we returned from our hols!  How different this country really is from the mountains, rain forests, deserts and volcanoes we visited!  

Lower lawn

Having caught up on office jobs, laundry and sleep; it was time to commence the next garden project - namely TERRACING!
The greenhouse path border was duly emptied of all plants and shrubs. Excess turf was removed and all were laid in, on and around the vegetable patch.  In fact, it no longer looks like a veg patch at all.  

Veg Patch?

After a worrying few days not being able to find any really flat walling stone anywhere and being quoted silly prices for less than ideal material; we came up trumps!

Border awaiting terracing

We found the most perfect stone only a stone's throw away - at Beach Hay, Far Forest!  It's so perfect that Chris builder and I plan to go and choose pieces ourselves on Monday morning at 8:30am - yawn!  We reckon on about 10 tons.  Yes, I know it sounds a lot but it's heavy old stuff and Chris is re-doing the grass steps in stone as well as the terracing and greenhouse path.  Besides, it means the rest of the York stone flags can go round the house.

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