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


9 April 2018

The New Branch Line!

Service path down to the cairn
The new 'Branch Line'
I've always extolled to virtues of service paths! A service path at the back of a wide border is super useful for discreet access.  We put one in behind the Lower Border some years ago but, since building the cairn buy a swing seat; it was lost beyond. Thanks to Chris who secretly left a load of Ilex wood chip on the drive we have now been able to continue it from the cairn down to the Henclosure with access from the lawn at the bottom of the Sofa Border.  To contain the wood chip, it's lined on both sides with mossy branches and logs which used to reside where the jetty now sits. Some are pretty rotten but it does give this new path age and maturity. This provided an ideal opportunity to do a little planting!  To the left of this 'branch' line, are a couple of huge clumps of Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum) some wild ferns and Pulmonarias.

This new access will make hedge cutting and weeding much easier and there was enough wood chip to top dress the original service path. Thanks very much Chris!

Furthermore and for the first time all weekend, the sun actually came out on Sunday evening making it feel vaguely spring-like!

Access between a Hazel & a Lilac

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