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 November 2012

The Leaves are Falling Fast

A tidier pond!
Chief blogger's been gallivanting again and no gardening for 2 weeks!  Even Chief Gardener escaped to Thailand for some sun.  On our return, the garden was looking more than a little desolate and a deep layer of fallen leaves carpeted the lawns and the orchard.  Thank goodness for a dry day and sunshine!  It was straight to work mowing and blowing leaves.  Mowed leaves were composted and the rest were blown on to the borders to rot down naturally.

Using up the leftover York stone
Painting the interior

Sponged on emulsion
On Saturday, Chris dug the veg patch.   He also dug/fished out vast quantities of dead leaves from the pond totally transforming it's appearance. Looking at the Acer, I think there will be more to clear next week! Meanwhile, Chris and I finished the frieze on the new shed and began work on a stone threshold outside.  

I even managed to get another couple of coats of paint on the interior walls. I tried sponging on the paint for a change and was reasonably pleased with the change from an all over plain matt finish.  Just the dado  rails, door and window frames left to stain and floor boards to paint.

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