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


4 March 2022


We took an impulse decision to remove an old and rampant rose which was absolutely suffocating a hawthorn tree.  In all the years it had been there, the rose had never once born a single flower.  A real dog in a manger as it also prevented the hawthorn from flowering!  Chris never hesitates when it comes to anything difficult or challenging and this was both!  The stems were hugely think with vicious thorns.  It was the Putin of roses!  We filled 2 bulk bags and 2 wheelbarrows with chopped up rose.  The little hawthorn tree can now breathe again and can see light!! Whilst these photos demonstrate before and after: as nothing is in leaf, they don't demonstrate just how much darkness the poor hawthorn suffered!

! should add that last autumn's homemade hawthorn jelly was the best ever.  Maybe this year, I can make even more!

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