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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9 October 2016

More Saturday Work

Trimmed topiary
Last of the apple crop
After last week; thank goodness for a dry Saturday! We trimmed the Yew topiary - ie the Helter Skelter and the 2 Pom Poms.  It does take ages but it's only once a year and afterwards Chris blows all the rubbish out of them and we have a HUGE sweep up. We also did some thinning out at the back of the Woodland border, planted out some home grown Aqualegias, a Honeysuckle, some Lilies-of-the-valley and even an Acacia Dealbata - not to mention pruning the big conifer down by the compost heap. We even found time to pick the last of the Bramley apples. Today has been spent, mowing everywhere, hoeing the veg patch and generally tidying up plants which will spend the winter in the greenhouse. So for five minutes, the garden's looking pretty tidy!

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