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


16 March 2014

More spring weather

With our Under Gardener having been on the other end of a scalpel and a sore knee to prove it, Senior Head Gardener and Chief Gardener have been on overtime in this recent spell of warm and sunny weather.  So many autumn/winter jobs couldn't be completed as it was just too wet and now we have a backlog!  We had hoped that most of the moving of perennials and shrubs would have been done ages ago and now it's a rush to do everything.  A good start was made yesterday and the geraniums which spent a year as underplanting for the roses have all been moved to either side of the Lion Steps.  They were nothing but a nuisance and either flopped on to the lawn or competed with the roses.  It was a mistake to put them there and, in their new home, they can do their own thing without being a pain! Chris cut the Beech hedge behind the roses and, after forking the border we underplanted with Golden Marjoram as Chris did in the rose border by the trellis.  A new border was also prepared and a shrub rose moved into it.  The top lawn was mowed and edged and is looking pretty tidy - and a lot less soggy than of late!  Other bits and pieces were replanted in new places including a couple of shrubs which were too close to the Wedding Cake tree (Cornus Contraversa variegata) which has really put on some growth and has to take priority!

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