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


21 July 2023


 Well, it came as no surprise - sniff.  The much loved Costco Acer bought by Himself no less had been looking poorly for quite some time.  We decided to cut out the dead wood and all the die-back but it looked worse than ever.  Time for Chris's chainsaw!!  Moments later, a whole new view opened up.  I liked it so much, we also took out Kay's Blue Ice which was always far too close to the remaining Acer.  Suddenly, things have opened up around the pond.  I did have this idea though - long pause.  I have a self seeded Yew and an Osmanthus both of which are evergreen so no leaves in the pond.  Better watch this space again in the autumn

Some Saturdays, the ideas just keep coming!  A genius idea from Chris was to move the old sun dial into the sun!! I know what you're thinking!  Sun dials NEED to be in the sun!! For so many years, we couldn't seem to find the right place for it so it spent much of its life in the shade - not ideal for accurate timekeeping! Now it sits in a gap in the Lavender and is deadly accurate on G.M.T!  It really was 'time for a change!'

Of course taking out a couple of trees wasn't going to take up much time - well not in Chris's case.  It so happened the the circular Box hedge around the well was in need of a trim.  Say no more!!  A  quick swap of the chainsaw for a hedge cutter and, as if by magic, it was totally transformed!!  As if that wasn't enough, Chris went on to clip all the Euonymous and Box in the Lower Border, the Berberis, Weigela, Lonicera and Snake Bark Maple in the Sofa Border and then the Philadelphus by the summerhouse.  


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