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


12 March 2017

Our Very Own Mini Woodland Path!!

Woodland Border path looking towards the house...
...& looking towards Compost Corner

As the snowdrops had faded and now is the very best time for dividing and moving them, Chris and I set to work moving the biggest clumps to allow us to lay a simple woodland path. As snowdrops prefer to be planted in the green, it's perfect timing and, with any luck, we'll enjoy carpets of them next spring a little higher up the border. As we'd emptied the old wood chip from the Hennery we had the perfect base for a woodland path. It even looked weathered. The Hellebores and Pulmonarias look so lovely against the limey green wild Euphorbias - I know it's not a woodland path in the true sense of the word but, it's the nearest I shall ever get and I love it! With the Symphitum, Epimediums and Narcissus all in flower either side and Lilies-of-the-Valley lying in wait, I couldn't be more pleased! This path is also pretty vital at the moment as the main path is out of bounds until the grass seed germinates and it's the main route to the compost heap! Historically this border never enjoyed any access at all and plants could only be viewed at distance from the lawn. It's so much nicer being able to walk between them and down to the new steps built by Chris G in compost Corner - especially at this time of year. 

The Woodland Border from the lawn
Hellebores & Symphitum

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