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 November 2023

Spontaneous & Radical - Conifer Corner is Born!

 Without doubt, this as the single most radical change ever made in the garden in 20 years!!  Utterly spontaneously we decided the raise the crown of the conifer and remove huge branches which filled this entire border and totally obscured our general stores.  These huge branches (some of which had rooted) grew down from the trunk, along the soil surface and then up to heights well above the apex of shed roof. It was a dense wall of green.  Having disposed of a HUGE amount of conifer brash on the bonfire, we stood back in shock at such a change!

After barrowing away about 15 loads of soil, Chris then levelled and graded the soil.  This avoided the need to retain a higher level of soil close to the far path leading around the shed.  Having done that we divided the London Pride - a red Saxifrage which does well in this dry shade and replanted them.  We even managed to find a few stray Cyclamen and fill the gaps on the inside path curve.

Our vintage root cutter, hoe and mangle have all found new spots and this new area is now known as Conifer Corner!

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