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


29 February 2020

Beating the Elements

Chainsaw Queen!!
The real expert.

Wild and freezing winds, sodden ground but at least sunshine! Trigs around the lawn were full of water and the top lawn was positively marshy!
 Before garden work began  we logged up an unwanted apple tree (courtesy of Chris) and lugged and stacked the logs for seasoning. Under Chris's watchful eye, I was allowed a mini chain sawing session!  The wind was so strong, there was sawdust EVERYWHERE!  Afterwards, we trimmed a Eucalyptus and then tidied the Verbena Bonariensis in the Top Lawn Border, removed a diseased Viburnum (badly affeced by Viburnum beetle) and lightly pruned a couple of Acers.  I pruned a couple of Clematis and Chris planted 2 Laurels either side of Kay's arbor.  The idea is to make it more secretive and half hidden in a big Laurel arch.

After that, Chris made a start on emptying the compost heap and mulching the Lower Border whilst I potted up a Crinum, some Dahlias and some Heuchera cuttings.

Now, will some one please tell me why a freshly mulched border looks so immaculate?!

Mulched Lower Border
One apple tree!

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