Began way back in the snowy winter of 2010, this blog continues to follow the progress of an English cottage garden throughout each of the very varied gardening seasons.

The gardens of 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 - PHZ 8, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!


23 November 2011

Stone Progress

Having taken delivery of 10 tons of the stone we'd dug out and loaded the day before, it all looked very different.  It had rained overnight and the sticky clay was very apparent.  This meant that an entire day was spent washing both sides of every single piece of stone with high pressure washers (and cleaning up the drive which resembled a river bed!)  

By the end of the day. we were all splattered in water and clay from head to toe!  All totally worthwhile as the colours of the stone are now revealed in all their glory.

The stone was also barrowed to where it will be needed for building and from in front of Mellings's garage door allowing him access in and out!

Today, Chris began on the (former) grass steps and now we have natural stone and not (cut) flagstones, we can retain the original curved shape of the steps.

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