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


6 July 2014

Hedge cutting, mowing and biting flies!

and after.

After the door that leads nowhere, it was back to reality with grass and hedge cutting - all afternoon.  Chris cut the hedge in the lane, the Beech hedge and the Yew topiary - in fact he hardly put the hedge cutter down.  I mowed all the lawns and the verges and, as we'd had some rain dosed the roses with some Top Rose and hoed it in.  Earlier I took loads of cuttings for propagation so fingers crossed.  We both fought of swarms of biting Dun flies which were an absolute pain!  We have been troubled with plague proportions of these flies for the past 3 years.  prior to then, they were hardly noticeable. They suck blood and leave nasty swollen and inflamed bites that itch for days and days!  They even bite through fabric!  Long sleeves are a necessity right now.

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