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


17 February 2015

February Border Work.

Woodbury Hill from the Lower Lawn
'The Border With Nothing In It!'

Without doing too much trampling, we have managed to actually do some border work.  In a border known as 'The Border with Nothing In It'.  Long story!  It lies at the bottom of our little orchard and is south of the Henclosure.  Fair enough - it is a bit of a hotch potch of a really nice shrub rose a couple of Lilacs, some Sedums, a young Hornbeam an old coppiced Hazel some Pulmonarias, an Epimedium, an ancient, weak and woody Weigela, a Hemerocallis and a low spreading conifer to say nothing of a HUGE amount of bindweed!  Being at the bottom of a 15' slope it tends to be rather wet.  However, Sedums were deadheaded, Lamium as well as the usual weeds were all removed.  The soil was turned over and the lawn edged.  The ground was wetter than ideal but we tiptoed around without compacting the soil and it really did look much improved  The days are noticeably lengthening but, looking across to Woodbury, we still have the long early morning shadows.

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