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 December 2013


With the help of Ian Grimshaw of Original Murals ( we have managed to bring the garden into the sitting room.  We already had roses (in the form of an old Albertine) growing around the window on the outside.  Now we have roses twining around the inglenook fireplace!!  Ian is amazing!  Ian lives in Ombersley and can paint anything from full on African scenes including the herds of wildebeest sweeping the plains to tropical beach scenes if you're lucky enough to have an indoor swimming pool to go with them!  His website is well worth a look as he can do all the special paint effects too.  In the few days he was here, I learnt much about up to the minute materials as he allowed me to draw and paint a few leaves.  It's one thing doing this stuff on a piece of paper and getting the right perspective.  Replicating ideas on a wall is another matter entirely!  It's not helped by having to work on a vertical plane and getting into and around corners!  We had a great few days and Ian has promised to return in the spring and improve on my clouds in the conservatory!  The photos don't do the design justice as the gold changes so much in the light and is difficult to reproduce realistically.

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