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


1 May 2015

Bringing Bamboo in from the garden

Black Bamboo - Phyllostachys Nigra
Homemade towel ladder!

                                                                                                                                    Now,  I wouldn't normally put a bathroom photo on a garden blog! In this case, I just wanted to show a bamboo towel rail that Chris Genever and I made out out of bamboo from the Hen Pen. We cut some black bamboo and canes down in the Henclosure, brought it indoors and made a ladder/rail for towels.  Needless to say, using it immediately meant that; as it dried out the joints became loose so Chris put some small nuts and bolts in them.   Because bamboo splits so easily, cutting with a junior hacksaw left a much tidier finish on the ends. When I have time, I shall bind them with some jute twine. These can be made to any size and with as many or few rungs as required. It's just a glorified ladder. Ours is proving very useful and cost absolutely nuffink at all!  

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