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


4 November 2019

Hawthorn Battles!

PTC bathed in November sunshine.
Woodbury Hill beyond the golden cider apple orchards.

Saturday turned into Sunday as Chris swapped his day and cleverly avoided all the rain.  In fact Sunday was glorious sunshine with mild temperatures.  Time for a MAJOR sort out down in Cato's Corner.  Chris gallantly scaled a ladder in the middle of the first and worst Hawthorn braving all the thorns of both it and the rose to which it played host.  Quite the hero!!  He even found time to take a couple of photos from the top of his ladder - not views we usually see. 
As if the tangle of rose and hawthorns wasn't bad enough, work in this corner of the garden is never easy due the difficult ladder access across ditches not to mention a hedge and barbed wire fence. As usual, Chris did a brilliant job and they'll be left to their own devices for another year!

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