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


18 August 2012

The Bike Shed

Lead panes & lead flashing

Ceiling boards with imitation lime wash
 Last weekend saw work resume on the bike shed and another two Chris Saturday.  After putting in the insulation, Chris screwed up (not literally!) the ceiling boards which I had already painted with a 50-50 dilution of emulsion surplus to requirements.  The idea was to achieve a lime wash effect.  Chris moved the upright sections to accommodate the leaded windows (bought on EBay).  We even found some left over lead which will help prevent rot by keeping out rain.

We desperately need to come up with a plan to disguise the plastic cat flap in the door and, so far, the idea is to cut out a couple of pears from some left over timber and ensure one is strategically placed!

Weekend progress

Of course you do need to imagine the original waney edge boards and lined walls painted in some of Farrow and Ball's best and maybe some scalloped details on the front!

Whilst Chris and I were engaged in shed construction, Chris Pugh set about trimming all the Lavenders, the Yew hedge, Hebes and Spireas.  Afterwards we planted a self set Buddleia, moved an Asplenium to make room for a new fern donated by Chris himself.

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