Began way back in the snowy winter of 2010, this blog continues to follow the progress of an English cottage garden throughout each of the very varied gardening seasons.

The gardens of 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 - PHZ 8, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!


7 January 2012

Hedge Replacement

As if there wasn't enough going on with interior painting and decorating running alongside fairly major garden projects; a decision was made to replace the front hedge - which as you can see was mainly ivy and brambles with little left in the way of actual hedging.  We decided to go for Laurel as it's evergreen and grows a little quicker than Yew.  It meant moving the rabbit wire and erecting posts and rails first but over the weekend, a good start was made.

There were some miscalculations and, as a result, we ran out of both rails and Laurels!  This weekend should see the job finished and afterwards the - now much bigger border needs a major overhaul!  We have shrub roses heeled in the veg plot and some sale bargains in the form of 3 Hydrangeas plus a Pink Hawthorn and a Skimmia all in need of homes!

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