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


1 December 2013

Conifer pruning.

.....& after.
A DSM uplit silver birch.....
.....& Fantastic Mr. Fox!
VERY dark indeed!!
Thank goodness for a few dry days and the ability to hoover up masses and masses of 'dry' leaves, cut down dead Michaelmas daisies, weed around the base of fruit trees, prune conifers and have a monster bonfire all in the interests of a major autumnal tidy up at PTC!

All the countless loads of leaves have been duly composted and (nearly all) the conifer brash burnt.  A few bigger lengths were logged up but with all the exuding resin, it makes really messy burning.  Ladders, chainsaws and hedgecutters were in constant use and, as O.I.C. ladder safety, it was either raining sawdust or conifer trimmings!  Needless to say, it was dark before we'd finished and as the camera was handy..........................!  Need I say more?

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