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


29 April 2018

Rocking Around the Pond!

Finished pond with its newly placed rocks!
Chris levelling the Sarracenia pot

Despite the sulking dark skies and sullen clouds to say nothing of the incessant drizzle and freezing temperatures, most of Saturday was spent around the pond with Chris moving exceptionally heavy rocks and boulders and me shouting, 'Left a bit. Left a bit more!'  The very biggest and heaviest rock had always been a bit of a historical garden landmark as, since time immemorial, it had resided in the top of the Woodland Border - quite a trek from the pond!  Chris managed to roll it on to a sack truck and drag it to the pond before rolling it uphill on a wet and slippery wooden plank into position.  Well done Chris!

Other jobs done were to divide and  plant some hardy Geraniums and also plant out Lilies-of-the-Valley, move a Eucalyptus and some huge clumps of Nerines.  It was pretty heavy (pun intended) wet and miserable going in freezing temperatures.  Last Saturday in was in the 70's and yesterday it was way down in single figures.  Little wonder we Brits are always droning on about our weather!!  Where exactly did spring go??

It doesn't look much here but this was the heaviest rock of all!

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