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


25 October 2014

More worthy of a period orangery!

More recycling and not just in the garden......

Whether it's up on the roof or down on the floor; one way and and another, there's been a lot of tiling going on at PTC.  When one Chris gives you lovely reclaimed tiles and the other Chris lays them, that's about as good as it gets!  Well.............nearly.  I must say that had I had any inkling that I would have been given anything so lovely, I wouldn't have chosen a brick greenhouse path.  I would definitely have used these tiles.  That being said, we now have a a tiled entrance and the end section of the greenhouse has had the concrete slabs now tiled over in these lovely ochre patterned clay tiles.  They have since been grouted with an ochre coloured grout and I now can't wait to clean the glass before rearranging plants to over winter there.  Such beautiful tiles are definitely more worthy of an elegant orangery than a modern cedar Dutch light greenhouse.  Having said that, some of them did find their way into the back hall, the larder and the bottom of the Elgar stairs.  Well, I did say there's been a lot of tiling!!!

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