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 June 2014

Another radical tidy-up!

New view!
Well!  Despite all the weather threw at us, we managed to tidy up the garden in time for our garden club visitors and it stopped raining in time for their visit!  Ok - so it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be and I was thrilled to see an old AOS friend who kindly helped serve the teas.  They all said nice things and appeared to enjoy themselves and on Saturday it was back to major and more radical jobs like the removal of a fairly big Photinia and some Dogwoods around the base of, what has become known as, 'The Red Tree'.  It a biggish old Prunus which, in it's early days suffered major butchery.  We lifted its canopy off some Acers and thinned it out a little and removed the Forget-me-nots from around its base.  A neighbouring Viburnum also  got a face-lift. We now have more views across the orchards to Martley Hillside.

More elbow room for fish!
The pond enjoyed a major clearout with Chris donning on his waders and thinning out the King-cups by removing about 2/3rds of them as well as weeding around the waters' edge.  The pond now appears much bigger and in more proportion.  Chris cooled off too!  There's never a good time of year for pond tidy ups and I figured that having enjoyed so many King-cups in bloom, they could be cleared out before the water lilies flowered.  After such a mild winter, it was really nice to see a flower bud on the Arum Lily and also, my Skunk Cabbage also survived a winter.

The last jobs were tipping back the Bay tree and thinning the canopy of another Prunus along the greenhouse path - a more major job.  Many crossing and rubbing branches were removed and instead of a dense and dark canopy, we now a more gentle dappled light beneath what is now a most attractively shaped specimen. Huge amounts of rubbish were generated and the day was rounded off with a major clear up!

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