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


6 May 2013

The Annual Tree Fern Move

We were very honoured to have 'Young' Ian's help again with the traditional tree fern move this year as he was on weekend leave from The Commando Training Centre at Lympstone where he's training to be a Royal Marine.  (Chris always refers to him as Young Ian and they were the pair who built a near perfect igloo in all the snow!)  He didn't even have time to stay for any refreshments! We did suggest that if his own folks couldn't attend the next family day, we'd stand in for them! (hint!)

I've had the fern for about 14 years now and each year it gets heavier and heavier and HEAVIER!  It spends the winters on a specially designed and built plant stand which is elevated.  That way, we can walk underneath it and it doesn't totally fill the conservatory.

Chris and Ian lift it off its stand..

... and carry it outside..

For now, it remains growing in one of Al's specially built containers which was copied from a Victorian original.  To carry it, they used a couple of broom sticks and we kept our fingers crossed they didn't break under the strain! its home ...

...for the summer

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