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


20 March 2021

"Efficient Saturday!"

 A cool dull but dry Saturday meant that the Aspen Grove was edged, hoed and weeded before Chris arrived!  In fact, freshly baked raspberry & wild blackberry muffins appeared in the kitchen even before breakfast!! Greenhouse path borders and toolshed steps were also edged and the marjoram and sage borders in the Herb Garden were all tidied, weeded and forked over.  The birds were singing and the scent of blossom hung in the air - just the sort of encouragement needed!

Chris arrived with a load of black gold in the form of well rotted horse manure!!  This was duly barrowed to the vegetable patch and the dahlia border and then dug in.  Thyme Square borders were all weeded before moving down to the pond where all the margins were weeded and forked over.

Lastly, we attacked the pond side of the Sofa Border - a tad more of a gargantuan task to commence so late in the day.  We removed ivy from shrubs, Chris took out 2 dying shrubs and moved Prudence to a  central and more befitting place for such a modest but elegant statue!  No weeds were strewn on the grass and raked up afterwards.  Chris decreed they be placed directly in wheelbarrows announcing that this was an 'efficient Saturday!"

And so it really was!  

                                        Another big thank you to Chris - now time for a very well earned gin!!!!!

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