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


26 March 2012

Head of the pond

Friday was spent raising the stone retaining wall at the head of the pond and Sunday - replanting all the Dogwoods. Well it was a certain Chris Genever doing all the donkey work with me standing at the other side of the pond saying yes or no to a particular stone and it's position. It will make for much easier mowing as the grass is now level - less risk of the mower ending up in the pond.  Chris built a couple of natural looking stone steps as walking on the loose cobbles so close to the waters' edge was a tad precarious!  The pump has yet to be re-located and the pebbles need moving around in order to disguise the pipes and cables.  All this work hasn't deterred a duck and drake from making themselves at home on the pond.

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