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


20 May 2024

Pond Re-Arrangements!


Having just about recovered from open gardens, it was time to have a tidy up around the pond perimeter.  We decided the time had come to move the stone wheels where they could be seen and not leave them hidden beneath roaming Symphitum.  Our Chris lugged them around to the foot of the pond and carefully arranged them in a group of three.  Around their base, he planted some Mind-your-own-business (Soleriolia helixine).  Of course, this left a gap in the Symphitum at the head of the pond.  Enter Termite Rock!  To ensure this isn't obscured by Symphitum, we built up a volcano-like tcaldera and sat it on top!  The rock is actually bigger (and heavier!) then my photo suggests.

Today, I've just finished dividing and planting some Lobelias (Cardinalis) in the damp margins and some Quaking Grass (Briza media) where the soil is drier. Fingers crossed!

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