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


11 July 2021

It's a jungle out there!!

 With all the log splitting, lugging and stacking followed by a most welcome surprise of a huge load of wood chip, last Saturday was occupied barrowing loads to and fro and then all round the garden!!

All this meant that shrub pruning, hedge cutting, strimming and edging was all pretty desperate this week!  Needless to say, Chris hardly stopped and when he left, everything was tamed once again and looking immaculate for the next week's garden visitors. I'm not allowed to say that Chris likes to keep his balls well trimmed!  Being so ladylike, I always refer to them as spheres!  

The warm, wet and humid weather means that just everything is still growing at 90mph!  We have a sever outbreak of bindweed down in the lower border and somehow, it's managed to sneak up on us!  (Note to self - must be more alert!) 

The beech hedge around the Henclosure not only enjoyed the close attention of Chris's hedgecutter but earlier in the week, Chris Genever came to install additional fortifications! the electric fence needed elevating and tensioning.  Chris's brilliant solution was to fix lengths of batten between the posts and attach the insulators to the battens. The post finials were then attached at each joint. GENIUS!  The battens won't stay girlie pink for long as Simon kindly agreed to give them a coat of creosote tomorrow.

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