The gardens at 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!

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3 June 2016

Secret Steps Project

Now you see them..
...now you don't!
Today saw completion of 'The Secret Steps Project!'  Last year we cut a gap in a Yew hedge with the idea of building steps up through to the terrace on the other side.  It means a discreet short cut from the barbecue to the pond and beyond with no need to make detours. The steps are a continuation of the stone steps by the culvert but they narrow and wind as they disappear through a door in the hedge which has a window mirror attached.  The window mirror was a present from Malc & Sue Wilkes.

It goes without saying that Chris did a fab job despite the usual lack of plans!  If only he could read minds, he'd know all PTC creations would turn out perfectly! We finished off by re-recycling some recycled bricks to build the threshold at the top! Some of which still bore traces of old lime mortar. Talking of mortar:it was dry enough for me to rub the mortar down before (a late) dinner. In time the Yew will grow new shoots and make them even more secretive. In the meantime, we can't wait to christen them!
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