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


5 April 2010

Stepping Stone Path

With constant and frequent journeys to and from the compost heaps, the turf is wearing away yet again. We tried laying new turf last year and all looked well for a few months.  A combination dry shade and heavy footed gardeners has meant that we are reluctantly resorting to putting in a stepping stone path. We have left over York stone flags and a few of Chris's granite sets as materials.  The threshold is under Al's arch and it's a good use for naturally misshapen pieces of stone.  It will be laid just below the level of the turf ensuring that the grass can be mowed without worries of catching metal blades on stone - perish the thought!

The truth is, I was persuaded to buy some Indian stone slabs for the purpose.  When they were laid on the grass; they just looked so awful, I couldn't have lived with them.  Whilst they would have weathered, they looked unnaturally evenly cut, brash and completely out of place in that setting.  Their size was all wrong and they were FAR too big.  They have been set aside to provide a base for the new/old hut - when it's erected!  Phew!!

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