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 August 2013

Fernery Path Diversion

Cordelia in her new spot
Cordelia's old spot and route for diverted path
So there we were!  Another Saturday - another tidy up!  This time in the top lawn border - working away as usual when, Chris hatched this plan to move Cordelia to behind the Philadelphus, cut back the hedge and re-route the Fernery path the far side of the Acer in what has been completed wasted space.  Brilliant!  We needn't worry about exposed roots between stepping stones as the roots wouldn't be exposed the other side of the tree and a whole lot more space would be gained!  Of course it will need a bit of juggling and moving of ferns.  Work began immediately and Chris cut back the hedge and removed an old Hawthorn.  The hedge looks a little bare at present but will green up given time.  The worst job was digging out the ivy around the rick stone on which Cordelia stands and replanting it in the same orientation.  That was really tricky!  I now need to replace the rotten posts which support Cordelia's trellis panels, acquire a few square yards of turf and also buy a few more stepping stones but I think the plan is a good 'un!  

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