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


20 February 2017

Valentine Path!

A heart of pink granite

Valentine Path

How could I resist posting a few more photos of our finished project?  Especially as these were taken in daylight! Our new path comes complete with a heart of pink granite - well it was constructed over Valentine's Day! We were unable to clear up around it without getting it muddy but as soon as the mortar is completely dry, I shall clean it all up and the features and character will show up even more. The date shows up really well already. This was made by Chris cutting sections of clay tiles - we could only ever use roman numerals as we couldn't replicate the curves of Arabic numerals! The enlarged 'yard' area in front of the compost bays is a huge improvement, the benefits of which have been appreciated already.

Chris built in 2 small steps behind the Pear Door and when the snowdrops have finished flowering, a few will be moved 'in the green' so that we can continue the wood chip path around the back of the Woodland Border enabling us to sneak down to the compost heap via an alternative route and without trampling any precious snowdrops!

Extended 'yard' area.

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