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



Original hedge & border

Old hedge removed

The hedges on two sides of our garden had not known any kind of upkeep or T.L.C. and were no longer effective barriers.  Consequently, we removed them.  New post and rail fencing was installed and new mixed native hedging of Blackthorn, Hazel, Field Maple and Quickthorn were planted.  Rabbit proof netting was erected and so far extends for two thirds of our perimeter.  The hedge grew well and soon the fencing was obscured.  Chanticlere guards the gate (made by Pam's father).  He was cut out of an old oil tank - the handiwork of Chris and Pam.  This now thriving hedge is already 5 feet high and 4 years old.  Hard but worthwhile work!

October 2010 saw the biggest crop of sloes imaginable!  Chris did eventually get his long promised and much overdue bottle of sloe gin!

As I write this paragraph in 2013 and since the photograph of the gate was taken; Chanticlere has moved gates.  He now resides on the Hen Pen gate as a pin up for the girls!

5 years hedge growth

2011 pre-Aspen planting.

Left & right - the hedge as it appeared in September 2011 - just 5 years later.

The hedge & Aspen border in 2017