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


10 July 2016

Trimming the Topiary Sofa

Before Chris got to work  

Once a year the Yew Sofa gets a haircut and last Saturday, Chris got to work with the hedgecutter. We decided on the shape about 5 years ago when it had no shape at all and was in need of lots of TLC. Yew (Taxus baccata) topiary is not as labour intensive as many people think as it only needs cutting once a year - which is just as well as we have lots more in need of Chris's touch!.

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