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


22 September 2019

Pruning, Pollarding and Planting

Tidy Wisteria!
Aboreal Haircut!

Not the best time of year but when internet signal is being severely impaired the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron) had its pollard a little earlier than planned.  Every few years, this job gets done and whilst winter of spring is preferred, if it had been left any longer, I wouldn't have been able to write this post! Needs must!!

Other jobs completed were the Wisteria and Hebes by the Well Steps.  All credit to Chris as his  usual helper found herself observing from a chair due to a shoulder injury!  She felt more like Canute than the gardener!!  What seemed like miles and miles of whippy side shoots were removed. Next year, I swear I'll lay them all out end to end and measure the total length of growth removed next year!

A perfectly sculpted Hebe meant the steps are not only easier to negotiate but look very smart.  My feeble contribution was a little light deadheading!  Chris brought some more Hesperanthus plants which he planted opposite some planted earlier which flowered their socks off and we were really thrilled.  A south African native, I hope they make it through the winter!

Hesperanthus coccinea
Trimmed Hebe alongside the Well Steps.

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