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


17 March 2014

Spring Curves

With our Under Gardener out of action and yet another warm spring day, it was out with the mower to enjoy the first real cut of the year.  With my little Honda, it did take rather longer to mow the lower lawn (which is usually done by Himself!) and the orchard!  Maybe next time I should use the Under Gardener's mower which, although heavier, has a wider cut. Anyway, after a quick rush round with the edging shears, suddenly everything looked much tidier.  There's something about the scent of newly mown grass at this time of year!  Maybe it's special because it combines with the scent of blossom and spring flowers.  I gave the girls a box of grass clipping to scratch around in and 2 minutes later they had spread it to the furthest corners of their Bamboo garden!  Incidentally, Marigold has been spotted perched on the roof of their shelter in order to reach the bamboo leaves.  Hens do enjoy a bit of greenery!  Anyway....back to mowing!

There is a HUGE amount of moss after the world's wettest winter and although it's very bad for grass, it is delightfully springy to walk on so, instead of mowing in a circular pattern around the well, as has been the habit of Himself, I decided to go for springy curves!  So far no complaints!  Whilst it's looking neat and tidy and very springlike; I'm trying not to worry about the back log of all the other jobs!

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