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


5 February 2023


 For ages a self seeded Cotoneaster franchetii has been growing between the end of the Yew sofa and the edge of the path. It's a silly place but we never got around to moving it or even finding another place for it.  When walking past it, I kept nipping out the side shoots rather than allow it to branch out!  Eventually the single leader got to that annoying height and whipped across faces when walking up the path. No more!!  With the aid of a couple of pieces of old angle iron driven into the ground and a Wisteria offcut wired to the angle iron - hey presto!  A homemade and somwehat rustic garden arch.  It won't be very long lived but it seemed such a shame to ditch the Cotoneaster and now, we can at least walk beneath it - in safety! 

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