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!

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18 March 2012

Barn Building

Have been having a go at more carpentry this week - under the ever watchful eye of Chris.  Whilst he of course has done the lion's share of building; I seem to have acquired a little confidence at using a router and so edged and sanded the shelves for the inside of my.......................wait for it!  Barn!!  Well!  It's the nearest I'm ever going top get to owning a real one and it does look wonderfully rustic!  The fence and gable end have been made out of planked Alder, Willow and Oak from the other Chris's wood.  Note Chris's disguised door - only the sawn edge at its top gives it away.

The through path provides the only step-free and level route from one end of the garden to the other so the far north gable end will probably remain open meaning that it's actually more like a verandah beneath the shingled roof.  However it does mean that Al has more storage space adjacent to the oil tank and the oil tank itself will benefit from more shelter from the elements.

The trellis is made from concrete reinforcing mesh.  Chris cut out the curves and welded the top curve on afterwards.  The shelf helps stabilise the panels and provides a perfect pot spot.  

When the Ivy (Hedera Paddy's Pride) get's going, we should have a wall of green surrounding the Androlia stained glass.  Inside, the sun streams through both the stained glass and the multi coloured ivy leaves as well as the gaps in the planking creating quite a pleasing and colourful dappled/shadow effect.

More spring photos in the garden:



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