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


7 March 2021


Way back during the last lockdown spring, we realised what a good idea it would be to move the dragon entrance to the lawn from the terrace by 1 metre.  'Why', I hear you ask!  Well, it would enable us to turn the table through 45 degrees and give more diners more space to enjoy the view across to Woodbury and still have enough room to pass by with a wheelbarrow.  Up until now, only one person had the view - the one sitting at the end or head of the table! The idea was an instant hit.


Yesterday was THE day! It probably doesn't sound much of a job.  However, the reality entailed lifting and relaying turf, digging out and moving a prunus tree, digging out 5 rose bushes, removing the dragons and their posts, breaking out some granite setts not to mention digging and raking the ground!  We had roses all over the place - in barrows and buckets of water (I had bought 3 more!) tools, hosepipes rolls of turf and tackle all over the place!  As readers of this blog will know, Chris doesn't do things by half and the biggest job was moving a hugely heavy flowering cherry trying to keep as much root and soil as possible.  This was moved to the Top Lawn Border where we reckon it has a 50-50 survival chance.  The new entrance has stolen its spot!

Now we have to wait for the turf to settle and hopefully Chris Genever will return and relay the granite setts and tidy up the edges of the flag stones!

..and afterwards!

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