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!


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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