The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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 picture shows our Tulip Tree (Liriodendron Tulipifera) Rabbits had eaten away at all the bark around  the base of the original trunk and the tree was dying.  It was a sad decision and no obvious way out.  The tree was cut down leaving about 3 feet of trunk to make levering out the roots easier.  Before this could be done, the tree, believing it had been coppiced and much to our delight, started to throw up shoots.  These were thinned and allowed to grow.  And, grow they did!!  We know that as the individual trunks widen, more thinning will need to be done but, until then, we rather enjoy the quirky appearance of the imprisoned sphere which sits on the old trunk where the rabbit damage can still be seen!

Here we are in August 2013 -  spring pollarding.  It had ideas that were just too big for its position!  It was overshadowing a Magnolia, in fact much of woodland border.  He we are (on a breezy summer's day) after it's crown was raised a month ago - just as strong as ever but a little better behaved.