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


11 June 2012

Top Lawn Border

Top Lawn Border - before...
...and after

This border looked all very pretty when the Forget-me-nots were in full bloom and in any case this skilfully edited photo didn't show much of the shoulder high Hedge Parsley most of which was out of shot on the right!  The fact is that (after the left photo was taken) the Forget-me-nots had all died and the entire border was choked with weed infestations - not just Hedge Parsley but Hemlock, Bryony, Bindweed, Sow Thistles and Chickweed!  Since the new Laurel hedge was planted, the border is much deeper and is really quite big - hence: 2 people 5 1/2 hours weeding!  With much anticipation, we planted the (very strong and healthy looking) Genever Dahlia Collection and even remembered the slug pellets! The plank path remains until we get around to making our Oak log stepping-stone path which will lead to the Banana Bench under Kay's arbour.  At least all this rain is ensuring that the new Laurel hedge at the back of the border is putting on some growth and we're not worrying about watering!

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