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


20 May 2013

Homeless Hostas on the Move - Again!

It's been a couple of weeks since Chris rounded up all our Hostas, divided them (and brought 3 of his own) and planted up a dedicated Hosta bed.  What happened on Saturday?  I spotted a couple more that had popped up in the Woodland Border.  I bought one from the Spring Garden Show and had popped that one in. Yet another was awaiting planting with 4 bags of bark chip all bought using nectar points at Homebase.  The trouble began when Chris spotted Bindweed roots whilst digging a planting hole for the very last one - the Homebase Hosta.  That meant he lifting out 8 more of the newly planted ones and then digging a massive hole 2 feet deep (and about 8 miles across!) to access and remove all the Bindweed roots.  The lovely settled bed looked like a bomb crater with Hostas scattered around!  Chaos! Eventually after ages of careful digging and sifting, we removed half a bucket of healthy, stealthy Bindweed roots and then couldn't remember where all the removed Hostas had been planted in the first place! All had to be laid out again (sigh!) along with the 2 new ones, replanted and then the bark chip carefully mulched around each plant.   If I see any trace of Bindweed in the Hostas this summer, you may hear screams!  As for slugs..........!

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