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


23 February 2020

Beating the Gales!

Last Saturday, it was floods and flood warnings that curtailed Wisteria pruning.  This week, gales hampered garden work! Little wonder we gardeners are always discussing or grumbling about the weather!  Despite the ferocious storms, the temperatures have been really mild.  Buds are breaking and blossom is appearing.

Chris's 'spheres'!

The 4th Lonicera shere.
Saturday started with logging up some dry wood and setting aside kindling.  That done, it was time to move the Viratrums from by the conifer to a better suited situation down in the Lower Border.  It was just too dry for them by the conifer.  Now they have a perfect spot at the back of the border on the edge of the Service Path.  We trimmed the Epimediums in the Woodland Border then pruned the apple trees.  Teetering on a ladder in a gale at the top of an apple tree is less than ideal but, undeterred, Chris manfully carried on.  

Having finished that, it was on to the Lonicera spheres.  Chris forbids us from calling them balls especially as they're referred to as his - the reason being; it was he who sculpted them into 3 touching spheres.  Thanks to the gales one had moved and is now leaning and all had grown whiskers.  Never before have they required trimming in February!  There are actually 4 but the fourth stands alone on the other side of the border.  It's not an easy job as the 3 touching each other stand in the centre between a Rose, a Hydrangea and a Wollemi Pine.  Wielding a pole cutter requires both skill and patience.  Luckily, Chris is blessed with plenty of both!

Thank goodness the days are drawing out and we're no longer heading indoors at 4:30pm in the dark!

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