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


5 February 2019

Sunny Winter Work!

A freezing cold but sunny Saturday meant time to sharpen secateurs and prune the apple trees! We started with the Bramley first then did Katy and Lord Hindlip.  After that we did the pillar rose taking out much of the old woody stems to encourage new growth. 

Then on to a much bigger job.  Moving peonies and splitting and moving a BIG tree peony.  I know that in general, peonies aren't over keen on moving house but, Chris gets as much soil around roots as possible.  We don't know if the tree peony will survive but it's got 2 chances and 'we done our best, Gov'!  It had grown far too big for its spot by the Lion Steps.  In fact, one lion was completely obscured.  Not so now. We also moved a Berberis in the Sofa Border which has reduced overcrowding beneath a Dogwood and now looks much better.  We took another couple of barrowfuls of compost for distribution and mulching before the usual tidy up and bonfire. Whilst doing all this, there was time to spot Snowdrops and Cyclamen popping up everywhere. All in all, a god day's work! 

Yes! Sun & blue skies!

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