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


6 December 2021

BIG Boy's Toys !

Another dry day for garden work when Chris arrived with his beast of a stump grinder!  I could immediately see he meant BUSINESS!  We had 2 tree stumps to grind out and down in the Henclosure, another 4 big Bamboos.  

Having watched it make mincemeat of the first apple tree stump, I was itching to have a little go!  My turn came with the cherry stump.  It was more of a nibble but at least I was allowed to have a go!  Chris, of course, handled it like a pro and it was soon on to the bamboos.  What would have undoubtedly taken the whole day if he had been digging by hand, took  just over an hour!  What an amazing machine.

More soil was removed and the entire Henclosure levelled in readiness for a thick carpet of woodchip.  Now I'm wondering what to plant in the way of low evergreen and far less invasive shrubs.

Actually a Sarcococca springs to mind.  I wonder if one would survive chickens???

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