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


24 October 2016

Hebe Central!

5 planted on the left of the path and...
another 5 on the right...

Time to sort out the scrubby old Lavenders which hadn't enjoyed our winters of the rather too damp conditions and one or two Hebes overgrown with ivy.  In other words - have a good old sort out!  An old conifer root and a sprawling woody Cistus was removed.  Then it was off to Laylocks (with my prize money burning holes in my pocket!) to buy 10 new Hebes. I like the way they form dense evergreen clumps and mounds in front of the house and can hardly wait for these to fill their allotted spaces!

The rose on the right of the steps was looking very tired and drab until Chris put his hedge cutter over it and gave it a serious haircut since, when it's never looked back and is covered in bloom again!

making the grand total of 10!

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