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


27 September 2012

Chris's Secret Stump Seating

Chris's Western Red Cedar Steps
Re-cycled Bike Shed
Just to the left of the new recycled cycling shed is Chris's new secret seating area.  It's so dark and shady, photographing it was a tad difficult.  How clever of him to sculpt 2 such lovely old and gnarly seats out of hawthorn stumps and then hide them away.  As if that wasn't clever enough, he built the little wooden steps leading to them and then positioned the seats ensuring the best views across the garden and then supported them with left over 'Barnsley' stone.  Surprisingly, they're very comfortable and the one on the right even has a G&T holder on its arm!  Annoyingly and being on light duties meant that I wasn't allowed to do a single thing to help in any of it.  Maybe this Saturday, we'll have a scout round and find a few more suitable plants to sneak in along both sides of the steps

Now all we need is the time and the weather to sit in them!  In the meantime, we have the satisfaction of another garden feature which looks as if it's been there for ages

Hawthorn Stump Seats

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