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 August 2015

Darth Wader Strikes Back!

Chris filling up the pond!
Darth Wader
It was the last Saturday before our last open gardens and a major pond clearance was under way.  Chris was in waders in the deepest part of the pond surrounded by waterlilies when he managed to disturb a wasp's nest in the bank!  Suddenly he was under attack by swarms of furious wasps.  There was a humungus amount of splashing as he made his escape through the water lilies and back on to dry land but not before they stung his arm.  I was despatched to deal with the nest and managed to crawl under the Acer and dispense copious amounts of wasp killing powder in the nest entrance.  The nest was left overnight and today, work recommenced with not a wasp in sight!  

The pond had a thorough tidy and top up and all lights checked. Dave of DSM Electrical Installations fame even turned out on a Bank Holiday weekend to fix the light in the culvert.  What a star!! So........we're nearly ready for tomorrow night.  I did say 'nearly' as we have to set up the conservatory and then hope for dry weather!

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