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


4 August 2013

Trimming & Titivating Topiary!

Chris & his Helter Skelter
My results
Having done a summer prune on an Acer and cut the hedge in the lower border, it was time for a break from the noise of a hedge cutter.  Instead, for the couple of hours it took for two of us to snip away the Yew topiary; the only sound to be heard was that of gentle snipping of 2 pairs of hand shears. 

This is an annual task and Chris did the Helter Skelter whilst I did the 2 either side of the steps.  (Yes, I know they look a little wobbly but it's due to uneven growth on the one on the left!) The mess it makes can't be depicted photographically but, suffice to say, all peace and quiet was broken by Chris using his blower to blow away a whole year's build up of debris, dust and detritus inside each tree as well as the freshly accumulated clippings on the ground.  Having done these 3, it was off to clip the Yew by the greenhouse and then try to rid myself of the Yew clippings which filled both my hair, my clothing and my boots!

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