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


8 January 2017

Winter Hedge Work

A border created from where there was once hedge
Bare but tamed!
A dull and raw Saturday but milder than of late and much happening in the garden. First up was trimming a Yew topiary heart outside the kitchen window. It needed reducing in width so as not to obstruct the view our little valley. Next up was the Pyracantha on the conservatory wall. This was in need of more major reshaping and trimming. This meant a very careful clear up with so many vicious thorns! Lastly a more major job - thinning the nothernmost hedge behind the vegetable patch. Over time, it had been allowed to get ideas above its station and was just too wide. It was cut back from the retaining sleeper wall and sloped back. The overall effect giving a much more spacious feel to that area. It should look very different in spring when it reverts to its green livery!

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