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


21 February 2021

More Winter Jobs!

After a Saturday of frozen ground which allowed us to finish emptying the 2018 compost bay and finish mulching garden borders without leaving muddy ruts, it was back to more rain!!  We did however manage to plant our Yew avenue and also prune an Eleagnus.  The plan for the Yews is to prune them into 6 cones - 3 either side of the path.  Being evergreen they will add both structure and year round interest as well as some added formality to the Top Lawn Border. 

However yesterday, it was sawing and splitting logs and a return to power washing slippery paths and stepping stones - thanks to Chris.  It rained all day and was far too wet for anything else.  Chris finished off by washing a couple of garden seats which are due for repainting tomorrow. 

Meanwhile, I toiled in the potting shed dividing and propagating Streptocarpus plants and potting on some Pelargoniums.  The greenhouse plants are showing signs of appreciating the lengthening hours of daylight and are putting on growth.  A smaller Brugmansia propagated 18 months ago is flowering as are some forced Paper White Narcissus and of course a Jasminum Officinale  so the greenhouse is filled with perfume.  Janine's nectarine is just covered in flower buds, some of which are just showing some colour.

Our mini Yew avenue!

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