The gardens at 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!

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22 October 2014

Lessons in Bonsai Pruning



Two weeks earlier




Isn't just great when one has a Bonsai expert on hand!  Before replacing broken chimney tiles, Chris G. gave my most precious Acer (ie the one my Daddy gave me) the once over.  Because it's on the side of the path, it's important not to have twigs and branches projecting at eye level.  Rather than just prune it back, Chris has tied some branches down and showed me how to prune back to a pair of horizontal buds rather than a pair above and below each other.  It's over two years since Chris manhandled it out of its pot and showed me how to prune the roots before repotting it.  It's now so big, I couldn't imagine ever being able to repaeath that exercise! The leaves on this Acer are almost black in spring and even though most have now fallen, just see how vivid they are.  Perhaps I should mention that it's an Acer dissectum atropurpureum - just in case you're wondering!
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