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


26 May 2014

Hedgecutting can be such a messy business!

With all the heavy rain, there has been little opportunity to tidy up the garden in readiness for a visit  by Ombersley Gardening Club.  On Sunday, Chris decided to cut the hedges.  It's not such a bad job until he gets to Thyme Square.  On the steps is where I hide all the scruffy spring flowering pots which, at this time of year, are full of dead, dying yellow and brown Daffodil and Hyacinth leaves!  All of these had to be moved along with loads of other pots containing Dahlias etc etc etc . Moving all the pots was a big enough job and then all the hedge cuttings fall everywhere and worse still is clearing them all up without disturbing any of the gravel between the path slabs and bricks.


Now - our Chris is a bit of a dab hand at using a plastic rake.  He picks up huge rakefuls of rubbish using his foot to load the rake and then with a deft aim towards the barrow, deposits a large pile of cuttings neatly inside!  It's like picking up a tennis ball using the racket head and the side of one's foot!  Try as I do, I have only been able to master one of these actions and sadly, it's not picking up hedge cuttings!  So I raked and collected by hand and then Chris went round with the blower and all the gravel stayed put and all the remnants disappeared!  When I use the blower, I manage to blow rubbish all round in circles or all over the lawn!  

I'll leave you to decide which are the before and after photos!!

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