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


19 February 2017

Another Project Finished!

Another late finish!

Two days and two Chris's (plus one apprentice!) and the whole thing completed!  Setts all laid. mortar all rubbed down and soil all levelled and seeded. Well done team!  I can hardly believe it's all finished. Of course, the grass will need to germinate and put on much growth before we can use it.
Thank goodness, we have an alternative route to the compost corner via the red brick and service paths! 

Of course we couldn't lay a new path without incorporating the date!  We used (expertly!) cut tiles on edge. Whilst the real skill is in the laying of the setts, it always surprises me what a huge difference rubbing down mortar makes. As soon as we have a little planting to overhand and soften the hard edges, it'll look as if it's been there forever.

From now on, we'll have no more muddy trecks to the compost heaps ever again!

...and after.

Mortar rubbing down before ...

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