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


9 August 2015

Miles & Piles of Prunings

...and after!
Yet again, Chief Blogger has been too busy to write posts but at least we're keeping up with seasonal gardening jobs. It's summer pruning time and not just the Yew. The Bay tree and ornamental cherry have had major haircuts. Well - the Bay had a hair cut!  The ornamental Prunus had rather more!  It had become so big it was obscuring too much light from the Herb Garden and, if there's one thing that herbs need it's light - preferably some sunshine.  The fact that we did the easier and lighter pruning first - like the Wisteria and the Bay and left the removal of big boughs from a mature Prunus until late in the day meant that there was massive amounts of clearing up to do and we didn't finish until after 7:30pm .....yawn!  Still, we did the worst and will finish the shaping up next week.  As usual there's never anyone to photograph the photographer but she did a LOT of clearing up as well as manning ladder security whilst Chris leapt from rung to bough and back again wielding a pruning saw.  She also managed to catch falling branches thus saving breakages.

As much as I like Wisteria shading out the bright sunlight, the window frames are being painted on Monday so it was a case of having to prune our green curtains!  The dining room is certainly startlingly lighter inside now.  Chris decided to compress the miles of tangled Wisteria into the wheel barrow by sleeping on it!!

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