The gardens of Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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30 September 2019

WARNING! Think twice before planting these invaders.

Invading Aspen suckers


OK!  What's this photo I hear you think? Well, it's about 185 reasons not to plant Aspens in your garden.  What you see used to be a grassy mini orchard with 3 or 4 fruit trees.  In this photo all that can be seen are Aspen suckers - and they're taking over the world! In June every sucker was removed. Each one of these has grown back in less than 4 months. Surely, this is as bad as a certain knotweed! We've grasped the nettle and decided to remove the Aspens, dig out all the suckers and replant with multi stemmed Silver birch (Betula utilis jaquemontii). A BIG mistake was made back in November 2011 when we planted 5 Aspens.  We will treat them as a crop and even though it's not the best wood in the world, we will season the logs and burn them.  Carbon neutral heating!! Mistakes in a garden mean opportunities to do something else and that is exactly what we plan to do!

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