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


25 February 2018

Keeping busy to keep warm!

A very tidy culvert!
Chris returning for the next load

So; a sunny Saturday - for a change! Never mind the cold - at least it was dry!  Work began weeding and edging around all the tree bases in our little 'orchard' and then doing the Beech hedge around the Henclosure.
Nearly finished!

Chris was meant to be mulching with compost but when I caught him up, I found that he'd had a radical clear out in the Culvert Border! As he said, 'It's no good mulching on top of weeds.' How right he is. Before we knew it the conifers overhanging the culvert had all been pruned back and huge amounts of ivy removed. 

His eagle spotted that the Pheasant Berry by the cave door had died so that was removed and, yes. The compost bay is now empty and the yard area swept clean!!  It's always a long and heavy haul and far from a five minute job so it's always really pleasing when it's all finished. Well done Chris! 

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