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


26 January 2012

Herb Garden Progress

Chris's Curves
Chris's curved studio steps

Despite underestimating the numbers of skips required and their sizes (ahem!) Chris continues to make huge leaps forward with the (sunken!) herb garden.  He doesn't seem to mind all these progress photos but doesn't much like posing himself!  There has been much grumbling about the lack of plans but the fact is: we like his ideas far more!  The idea is to make it secluded but sunny.  Chris realised from the outset that there would be a requirement for drainage and has laid pipes beneath as well as conduit for electricity enabling me to have a water feature/light or some sort of ornamental feature in the centre.  I had this idea that maybe it would be possible to drill through the very biggest piece of rock we quarried and have water bubbling up through its top.  Chris doesn't seem to think that drilling a massive piece of rock would in the least difficult!  However, he was quite strict about the base of the rock needing to be small enough for the water to trickle into the sump beneath in order for it to circulate.  Mmmm.  I hadn't thought of that one!

Brick & stone combined

We're very pleased with the stone and brick combination - an idea I spotted in Jersey. The plan (or lack of!) is to have trellis at the back and natural timber planks above the wall on the right.  It turns out that the Prunus is exactly central to the little Draycott gate. The jury is still out on what style to have in the curves.  Maybe estate fencing to match the gate or even thin chestnut posts.  Anyway; tomorrow a bulk bag of pebbles is expected, a delivery from Lanes and yet another skip - let's hope they don't all arrive together!

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