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


3 May 2020

(VERY) Radical Pruning!

Checking levels
Ta dah!

Whilst trying to recover from this prolonged bout of Wisteria hysteria, we got a tad radical.  No visitors to worry about so we just went for broke with the circular box hedge around the well!!  Armed with a very long straight edge, tape measure and spirit level; we carefully measured, cut back, trimmed and levelled the box hedge.  It meant radically cutting back in areas and lightly trimming in others.  The result is a perfect shaped box hedge that now has probably more brown than green!

As if that wasn't radical enough, we removed the top topiary shapes from the Yew hedge. Why?  Because they had grown so big, they were top heavy and disproportioned, they obscureded both light and view from 4 windows in the house and worse, they obscured the Wisteria.  Instead, we propose to grow futtocks or small spheres and keep them in check.

The view we want to keep!

...& after topiary removal.

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