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


10 November 2019

The arrival of the PREDATOR!

Heading down towards the Aspen stumps.
Yet another wet Saturday!  It was on with the waterproof over trousers and wet weather gear in readiness for 'stump grinding'!! 

Grinding out an apple tree stump in just a couple of minutes!
Chris arrived with .....................THE PREDATOR!!  Great name for a stump grinder!  It saved hours and hours of hard work axing and digging out 8 tree stumps.  Despite the incessant rain, all the stumps were ground out in less than half an hour.  The remaining wood chip was raked level and as neat as a new pin - all ready to plant the new birch trees.  I have a feeling that it might still be known as the 'Aspen Grove' despite the fact there's now no trace of them.  This beast of a machine meant that there was time left for tidying overhanging branches in The Woodland Border, more power washing and even making 2 big 'Tulip Trifles'!!

YES! It was raining the whole time!

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