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


28 March 2016

Easter Monday Building

Slate plaque & ridge tile installed
Milk bottle niche - imagine the geranium in a clay pot!
Thanks to Chris sacrificing most of his Easter weekend, huge leaps forward on building were made today.  Even the weather cooperated although we commenced operations in high winds and glacial temperatures! Gradually the winds dropped and the temperature climbed a tad.  Either side of the south facing door we have the milk bottle niche that Chris gave me on the right with the freshly engraved slate plaque on the left. I found some ridge tiles which Chris cut and laid above both features. Both look amazing! Since these photos were taken, the blue bricks on the top were finished. The labourer was in trouble (again) this time for unsatisfactory workmanship whilst brushing off the pointing! Despite such failings, I'm sure that Hartley Botanic will be bowled over when they see this base!

Man with a plan!

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