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 March 2013

Plantings & Stonework

New ramp & Fernery path
Well, it was another busy Saturday with both Chris's.  Despite early heavy rain, dark clouds lifted and things dried up a little although it was still bitterly cold and soggy underfoot.  Chris P slaved away, clearing the veg patch of the plants which had been laid in prior to their move and along with all the turf which was used to repair the verge on the lane.  Although later than ideal, he planted the healthier of the standard roses in front of the chicken feed bins (as a disguise) and the other (less vigorous specimen) by a gatepost.  A Lonicera Fragrantissima replaced a Daphne - now deceased.  The Gleditzia was planted in the summerhouse border and a dead/dying Spirea was partially removed in readiness for further planting on Monday.  Of course, all these jobs were done far later than planned solely due to the awful weather.

Meanwhile.........Chris G and I (after replacing a window pane) made a ramp from the terrace to the top lawn where there is a height difference of about 5 - 6".  We used pieces of stone on edge to ensure a non-slip surface.  Having done that, we began laying the stepping stones along the Fernery path.

The pressure is still on for, as well as 2 Open Garden weekends, 2 local gardening clubs have now expressed an interest in making evening visits and some fund raiser from the NHS has requested another opening for their charity - gulp!  It's only a little fun/hobby garden after all! 

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