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


30 April 2020

Haircuts Horticultural!

Battling under the Camellia!
Cushion shaping.

There's been FAR too much Wisteria Hysteria this last week!  Head Gardener has hardly been able to keep her eyes off it!  In between all the floral adoration, work has actually been happening.  Armed with his pole chainsaw and hedge clippers, boughs were removed from a Prunus (known as the 'Red Tree') to allow the Acers beneath a little more light and to allow us to admire them too.  Even the shirasawanum aureum needed a little more elbow room so his Acer neighbour also enjoyed a little discreet 'attention'.  The Sarcococca had a haircut as did the Viburnum behind it.  All in all, it was a quite a tidy up meaning lots of trips to the compost heap and bonfire.

As they've also finished flowering, even the heathers had a trim.  Chris makes heather 'cushions' which keeps them nice, dense and compact.  Whilst not his or my favourites, they provide much colour in January when there's not much colour elsewhere - not to mention early food for bees. Whist it's been haircuts in the garden, it's the Head Gardener who really needs one as she's definitely sporting a 'Lockdown Coiffure'!

Sarcococca trimming.

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