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


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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