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.

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27 January 2020

SOAKED, SODDEN & SATURATED!

Before...
...and after!

Yet MORE rain!!  The entire garden is just saturated and still no opportunity for border work.  Working mostly from wet & slippery paths or tip toeing on lawn edges, we did manage to cut down dead/dying fern fronds and Hellebore leaves so at least the fernery looks tidy and the Snowdrops & Cyclamen can now be seen popping up.  The Hellebores too are just starting to bloom and new fern fronds could be seen curled up tightly and still sleeping!  We left them covered in case of frosts.  Later on we partly coppiced the Hazel and Chris did an absolute masterpiece on pruning a big old shrub rose.  Let's hope it dries up next week!!

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