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


15 October 2019

Rooted Out!

...........Well!  The suckers at least!

Long grass with  tree suckers.

Battling to pull out the aspen suckers.
Work continued on Aspen sucker removal last Saturday.  Not a 2 minute job as they were so numerous despite being all cut down in June.  Having dug each one up and pulled them out, Chris was then able to cut the grass - a job we would normally do in summer.  However with all these  monsters, we knew it would only make their removal even more tricky. 

Much strimming and and mowing followed and although the ground looks a tad bare, I really don't care.  In the grass, we found and rehomed 5 frogs - all with the correct number of legs thank goodness! Well you never know with so much mowing and strimming so always best to count!!

I know the grass will recover from its late haircut and I'm looking forward to stump grinding and tree replacement!!

Should I mention again the removal of a badly shaped and badly placed apple tree from in front of the greenhouse?  Absoluttely no regrets!  We're really enjoying our new view of the greenhouse!

Visible for the first time from the bottom of our mini orchard!  The Hartley Botanic greenhouse!!

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