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


9 August 2020

Two Sides of a Story!

The path side of the hedge.
The orchard side of the same hedge.
Our Chris has been doing a spot of hedge cutting!!!  Both  sides of the 2 Yew hedges have been manicured as has the Bay tree.  The latter makes the world's biggest mess and 4 large loads carted down to the compost heap.  I think Pear Tree Cottage garden now has the smartest Yew hedges ever.  

A few years ago, I had this thought that hedges don't HAVE to be boringly symmetrical.   Chris wasn't exactly enthusiastic in the beginning.  However, it didn't take him long to warm to the idea and now there's no stopping him!!  One side is straight and upright and the other is anything but!!!  We went for totally random shapes with an aperture opposite the utility room window to ensure sufficient light. The secret steps  which pass through the hedge remain well hidden and neither can be seen in the photograph. The Magic Mirror door has now recessed as the hedge has been allowed to grow out and around it.


duncanjoshua said...
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duncanjoshua said...

More than beautiful that can’t say. In my life it just a dream of the house like this.

robert said...

It is so fascinating seeing your plants grows with grooming so that it will be looking not so messy.

Pear Tree Cottage Garden said...

They're cut once a year - plenty of mess to clear up then!!