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


25 November 2014

Winter fruit tree pruning

As well as the usual leaf clear up ( and there were more than ever!) it was time for some timely winter pruning of an old pear tree. This is an inherited tree growing in a less than ideal spot and we are preserving it purely because it plays host to a showstopper of a clematis. This is the only reason we are keeping it as, despite living at 'Pear' Tree Cottage; pears are not a big favourite in our household.  It was of course Chris untangling the clematis from the tangle of twigs and branches from the top of the ladder.  The trouble with most fruit trees is that everything snags and tangles making the brash such a pain to deal with.  Anyway, we couldn't complain as the weather was clear and sunny despite the very soggy ground conditions!  We weren't the only ones hard at work on a Saturday either as Bulmers were lugging their apple harvest in the adjacent orchard.

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