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


30 March 2015

Under Gardener Triumphs!

Under Gardener in action
As predicted: as soon as the blossom is in flower and the daffodils at their best, down comes the horizontal slashing rain accompanied by thrashing gales!! Typical English spring weather! Sigh! No wonder we gardeners are never happy with our weather! 

Still, it didn't stop quite everything.  Just before the worst of the weather struck, our Under gardener complete with (nearly) new knee gave the lower lawn its very first spring cut and this time - no nasty symptoms afterwards.  Triumph!!  Not only am I thrilled that our favourite Under Gardener is pain free again  but, it's also so nice to have him out and about in the garden again.

Chris and I spent our time moving lengths of conifers in miserable conditions in order to re-stack them in a tidy fashion.  We made 22 stacks in all and I hate to think of the weight of wood that we moved.  We were working in a very tight and narrow strip with no room to swing a cat and were continually at war with brambles, dog roses, whippy hazel saplings tangles of dead goose grass and barbed wire. YUK! It took all of Saturday afternoon but it's now finished and no longer looks as if a tsunami has swept it all across the orchard!

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