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.

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28 February 2016

Fair & Square!

Bare squares!
Preserving pallets

A dry weekend meant lots of garden work although Saturday was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G and standing around creosoting old pallets, posts and planks for compost heap restoration is very definitely not the way to keep warm. Whilst I was doing that, Chris was busy squaring up fruit trees - that is the areas at their bases which are now lined up squares instead of circles.  My theory is that mowing will be a whole lot easier as I'll be able to go straight down the orchard instead of mowing round in circles at the base of each tree.  They all looked so neat compared with lawn edges elsewhere, I was shamed into edging the top lawn, fernery path and the Woodland Border.  Considering it's only February, the garden is looking surprisingly tidy.........well, for now.

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