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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23 January 2017

Elbow Room for Roses.

...& after.
Before...
Following a week of the darkest days, the cloud decided to lift a little and, as the day wore on, even the sun showed its face. Chris swapped his usual Saturday so, it was out with the hedge cutters and a plan to give the roses more room. Being a beech hedge, there were leaves EVERYWHERE! Having cut it back, loads of ivy was exposed and digging it all out was not the easiest job in the world. Roses were snagging one side and twiggy hedge the other with no room to move between the two! My thinking is that the roses won't lean away from the hedge for more light and more air circulation should mean less blackspot and other fungal diseases. Well, that's my theory! The hedge look a tad thin at present but it'll green up in the weeks to come.



And......when we'd finished all the clearing up, we were rewarded with a really pretty sunset.


A perfect January sunset viewed from the tool shed.

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