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


18 March 2017

Saturday Pond Work

Unusually for us, we seem pretty up to date with seasonal garden jobs so, today meant a big pond tidy up. The border was riddled with Bitter Cress just coming into flower. How satisfying to remove it all before it explodes zillions of seeds everywhere. Our audience was the world's bravest little robin who, was actually perched on my camera strap at one point. He knew I was an easy touch and was hopping around eating any worms we exposed whilst weeding.  It was perfect day for weeding cool, breezy but dry. Weeding around our pond isn't always easy - especially on the side where some fallen trees have been left for nature to do its job. Not that Chris is ever fazed by the thought of rotting logs rolling into the icy depths with him on top!! By the time it was all edged and I'd whizzed around with the mower, it did look MUCH improved. Alas, no frogspawn. I figure the fish always eat it - sigh!

A very tidy pond!
No - he didn't fall in!

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