The gardens of Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!


27 July 2014

More Mess Making!

At the top of the ladder(I did say BIG Bay Tree!)
Bay cuttings
All neat & tidy!

Our big Bay tree needed a sever haircut so it was out with the ladder and the polecutter and Chris got 'up' to business!  Bay leaves were everywhere!  Bunches were picked up and tied ready for drying and later use, the rest were blown into a heap and, for the first time ever at PTC vaccumed up.  Yes vacuumed! Chris went out and came back with a garden vacuum cleaner (and 3 ice creams!) of giant proportions.  Having blown up the cuttings into the middle of the Creosote Yard, he sucked up the lot!  He even hoovered out the barn which was ankle deep in dead leaves and cobwebs!  Further more, it sucked up, the Berberis, Yew and Rose cuttings was well as all the Pyracantha leaves and terrace debris.  Were we impressed?  Absolutely!! 

As a matter of interest - have you ever wonder why those little lolly pop Bay trees one sees for sale in garden centres are so expensive?  They grow like weeds and are simplicity itself to propagate.  The words, boosting profit margins spring to mind!

Garden vacuum clea

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