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, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!


18 November 2012

Kay's Arbour Project

With the seat in place

The new path
This week saw the welcome and surprise return of Chris Genever - for 2 whole days! So, using all left over tiles, stone, bricks, marble and even Victorian path edgers, we made a path and small terrace beneath Kay's arbour in the top lawn border. Using such a mix of materials meant that they needed laying out beforehand.  The tricky part of laying all these odd materials with their great variation in thickness and keeping the surfaces level was where the real expertise came in.  It was as we came came to the end of the path that the idea of the semi circle hit us!  We were 4 bricks short and Chris came up with the idea of wheel spokes using cut ridge tiles and left over cobbles.  He even made the rim from tiny pieces of cut ridge tile and most of this work was done in the dark beneath an old inspection lamp as it was too dark to see at all.  Bit like the Banana Bench beneath the arbour!  Since its coat of creosote, it's rather tricky to see against the sun at this time of year! 

Getting the layout right
Chris digging out the path

More work for the DSM gang as Dave has plans  to illuminate this feature with a small copper lantern suspended from the centre of the arbour.  Will it look Christmassy or will it make us impatient for summer?

Protecting a very wet lawn

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