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


3 May 2019

No Smoke but lots of Mirrors!

1 pot becomes 4!

Great progress has been made on the plant theatre. All the mirror glass is now fitted and also the surrounding beading. Chris carefully replicated all the angles and hide the tiny chip I managed to inflict!  He also cut some leftover oak to hide the edges of the ply backing.  I just need to carefully stain these additions and burn its name on the already made blank sign!  Alas it's far to cold to put out any Pelargoniums but I couldn't resist popping a couple of pots of pansies on until the weather eventually warms up.....whenever that will be!

Chris has very cleverly ensured that, should we have any avian residents, the front panel can just be lifted off in order to clean the interior.

Maybe I should say a word about the mirrors. Not only is the raised border in front of the plant theatre reflected but the mirrors at either end of the shelves give that effect of infinity. By angling these mirrors, the length of each shelf is vastly increased. The last advantage is of course, the number of plants resting on the shelves are increased!  The only BIG disadvantage is that I can't photograph it from centre front without seeing my own image!

I've placed a recycled seat in front of it - well, it is a theatre!!

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