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


26 July 2015

Doing Away with Damaged Dogwoods

Having mown the hay, we took a long hard look at the Aspen Grove and the damaged Dogwoods which had suffered so much wind damage and just didn't look right any more.  Their big leaves mean much wind resistance and so many had just broken off.  Also,they seemed to be overtaking the Aspens themselves and just didn't look 'woodlandy'.  Initially, neither of us said anything  but both Chris and I were thinking exactly the same thing, they had served a purpose but were now redundant.   We won't be short of winter colour as we have many more around the pond.  Having mulled over all these thoughts: it was out with the axe and spade!  Half an hour later they had disappeared and the Aspen grove looks better for it.  We hope to get some more wood chip and mulch next week.  As for now, it looks altogether 'cleaner' without untidy leggy Dogwoods.  Who needs 'em???!!

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