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 January 2020

Head Gardener & Under Gardener - Abandoned!

The "new" Birch Grove - formerly the Aspen Grove!!
A no Chris Saturday and with Head Gardener on pathetically light duties, our Under Gardener was on overtime!!  I was in trouble for pruning the Studio Wisteria, finishing all the fig suckers, tidying the Hosta bed and cutting back half the mint in the Harb Garden. 

Hospital Lolly Holly!
I was sent to the naughty step with painkillers so sat and sulked while mending some wind chimes.  Such a lovely and rare sunny dry day not to be able to take advantage of it to the full.  I ask you!!  I did sneak out with a paint brush and creosote a bench and the table and chairs by the pond - left handed.  Having endured the indignity of having to ask someone else to start the leaf blower (sigh), I did have a thorough tidy up!

Meanwhile, the Under Gardener enjoyed having a big bonfire and topping all the lawns and the orchard grass.  It was lovely to smell newly mown grass in the mild winter sunshine!

I checked on last week's newly planted birches and thought a few Skimmias might make great under planting - ahem!


Unknown said...

reckon you will have to get used to no Chris Saturdays

Pear Tree Cottage Garden said...

Hope not!!