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


28 May 2017

Much Ado in May!

The Genever seat
New Dahlia border
Much happening in the garden and precious little time to blog about it!  The  Beech hedge around the Henclosure has had a trim and the border beneath cleared of Forget-me-nots.  As it's been 'mini-pleached' the girls can now see out again! We have to keep the top trimmed so as to ensure the electric fence above doesn't short out and Monsieur Le Reynard doesn't pay another visit.

Chris also trimmed the boundary hedges on the inside and also the Lonicera spheres (as I have to call them!) Totally transformed is the Genever seat in the Herb Garden as Brian has given it a fab new paint job! He did the niche above it and the contrast made us realise that the seat deserved a make-over too! Now it's all ready for the first of our open garden events on 4th June!

We finished off the day be planting up our first ever dedicated Dahlia border. It's only temporary as, when Chris can find the time, our plan is to extend the stone terracing and maybe push the border further across to the left. Despite poor soil, we enriched it with chicken manure pellets and bone meal so fingers crossed for a bit of colour and a few cut flowers!

Mini-pleached hedge

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