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


6 July 2014

Pediment, Pillasters & Portico + Pear!

Door to nowhere!
We have been busy building a new garden feature in the Yew hedge at the end of the house.  Chris Genever and I have built a mock door frame complete with pillasters made from decking board and pediment made from left over bits of timber and moulding. We bought 2 @ 8 foot 4"X4" posts and a sheet of ply plus 1 decking board.  The door step was made from half a left over kerb stone topped with some left over York flag stone pieces.  At present it's just a blank door frame in a hedge but,  the addition of a mirror should transform its appearance and give the illusion of an entrance through the hedge with garden beyond.  In reality, the Yew hedge hides a brick wall and there's nowhere an entrance could lead to. Some more Asplenium Trichomanes are on order for planting in front of the step and hiding the concrete. Admittedly, it looks a tad weird at present but, watch this space and see exactly what a mirror will do!

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