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


7 July 2019

Major Pruning & Trmming!

Doing the easy side first!
The trickier side of the hedge!!
When visitors come to the garden, they nearly all enquire about the Golden Marjoram we use as underplanting beneath the roses.  At this time of year, it starts to flop so we we cut it hard back.  Today was the day for this job and the Beech hedge behind the roses also had a a good trim.  This meant a huge mess requiring a major clear up!  The roses really stand out now and in a couple of weeks the Marjoram will both green up and mound up again.

As well as Rose Garden work, Chris trimmed all 4 Philadelphus shrubs.  This year was a brilliant year for them and each one was both a mass of bloom and scent.  At least it was a nice cool day for garden work.  Cutting the Philadelpus above the culvert proved tricky as it grows very close to the edge and there's nowhere for Chris to put his big feet when he has to stand so close to the edge of a drop into deep water! The other side isn't much better as there are 2 Hydrangeas and a Sorbus to say nothing of an Acanthus jungle!!  Anyway, he managed it and hopefully next year, we'll have just as many blooms and perfume!  You can see that we gardeners are born optimists and always planning ahead!

Chris skilfully avoids falling in the culvert below.
Getting in position!

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