The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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21 July 2013

Invader in the Woodland Border

The mystery invasion!
Thank goodness for cooler cloudier weather which enabled work to commence in the Woodland Border.  My favourite border has been invaded by a mystery weed. I say mystery - thankfully it has now been identified by Steve (who gets a gold star award for weed identification) as Enchanters Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) - a spreading and native woodland plant.  We don't mind native but spreading?  That's an understatement if ever I read one!  Thankfully its roots are fairly shallow and it it's not unattractive.  The trouble is with a garden group due to visit on Thursday evening, I can hardly remove the lot leaving a bare border!  Accordingly, we confined our work to the back of the border, brashing the Birches to emphasise their stature, removing dead Elderflower, Elms and brambles from the back and re-siting Chris's mushrooms.  There are thoughts that a seat beneath the Birches with a small winding path leading in might be a possibility - watch this space!  
As usual - it looks as if the photographer is skiving!



Having sorted out this border, and while the Under Gardener was having a bonfire; we then moved on to the Aspen Grove and brashed (isn't that a lovely word?) the Aspens ensuring their main trunks don't have lateral branches too low down.  It's something I've always done without knowing that there was a 'forestry' verb for if.  We cut down the avenue of Alchemilla Mollis leading to Pugh's Pew, strimmed and mowed the dead Mood Daisies and then planted out the home grown Cosmos - having cut down the hardy geraniums beneath the roses and given their border a general tidy up.  6:40pm and time for a quick blow round, clear up, put the tools away and .....................................
 
The view for the sundowners!


 


  


  ..........................  that much deserved sundowner!


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