The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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22 November 2015

Damage Limitation & Planning for Spring




The poor old pear tree took such a beating in the gales, it was very sad to see a major bough down on the ground and others looking very unsafe. Chris started his chainsaw and got to work.  The brash was dragged down to the bonfire and, on the plus side, (together with a couple of small dead elms,) we ended up with 3 barrowfuls of logs - small consolation!

Despite the failing light, there was time to plant bulbs (late in the year, I know) and wallflowers This job was all done in complete darkness beneath the light of the trellis lanterns.  This raised border is absolutely the perfect border to plant wallflowers as it means they are at nose height at the height of their fragrance.  Clever planning eh!











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