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


8 February 2020

NO Chris Saturday!

Chris is taking a well deserved spot of paternity leave since the arrival of Master Rupert David Thomas Pugh!!  We send him and Suzi our very warmest congratulations!

Grass all topped & looking smart!
I worked quietly on with a robin for company. Herod the Heron flew off earlier. I cut back dead Rudbeckias, Phlox, Japanese Anemones, Heleniums - in fact all the perennials I could find. Lugging wheelbarrows full down to the compost heap and bonfire and pausing to admire the Hellebores & snowdrops in the Woodland Border each time I passed.  Roses were pruned and, worst of all - Alchemilla Mollis!! Their soggy brown stalks are tough as old boots and always jam the secateur blades - sigh!

Meanwhile, our loyal Under Gardener ran the mower over all the lawns and topped the very long grass.  I did the verges and orchard path with the ride on.  The sun shone all day long & it was a super mild - bonus! Result at the end of the day: smugness!!

Following a severe reprimand from the other Chris for keeping my Pelargoniums too dry, I gave them all a VERY good soaking in readiness for the next inspection!

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