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


22 December 2013

Winter tidying goes on.........

Pugh's Pew
More time has been spent trimming more conifers and burning even more brash.  With neighbours as brilliant as ours, we like to try and keep things looking just a bit tidy.  We had lots of extra help as the London team were staying for the weekend!

The  Western red Cedar bench - otherwise known as Pugh's Pew in the Aspen grove has had a lick of creosote for winter and for some unknown reason Wol had his photo taken! I think he caught my eye as the sun was shining! With all the recent high winds; it's a real wonder he's still up there.  As we're pretty much at the top of Witton Hill, PTC really does catch the wind.  I guess it's small payment for our view across the valley to Martley Hillside.

The poor old pear tree in which Wol perches is the merest shadow of its former glory but we'll keep it going for as long as we can. There isn't enough of it left on which to hang Christmas lights this year. You can just see the  tips of a Wild Service Tree (Sorbus Torminalis) behind it.  When we eventually lose the pear tree, as least we shall have something to fill the gap (help obscure the overhead wires) and hang Christmas lights on!

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