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


22 May 2022


Never let it be said that the gardeners at PTC let any grass at all grow under their feet!!  A couple of projects have been finished and my favourite just has to be in the Herb Garden.


The beautiful cast iron range that Chris Genever gave me has had a really lovely upgrade.  We moved it forward and have extended and corbled the brickwork on both sides.  This gave us a far greater surface area which we tiled with left over tiles from a previous greenhouse project.  

There were however complaints about the architect!!  Having asked Chris if could do some corbelling, I then promptly forgot and he carried on building upwards. The following morning, the architect still hadn't noticed her mistake and  2 courses had be knocked off and rebuilt!!  In trouble again!! 

Chris's brickwork looks so lovely and all carefully measured to accommodate too many constraints and variables in heights, surfaces, curves, materials, thicknesses etc. etc. to even mention! Yet another example of a real craftsman making his amazing skills look so very easy.
Whilst I'll probably use the work surfaces for plants and kitchenalia kindly donated by friends, there's absolutely nothing to prevent us from using it for its original and intended purpose and lighting a fire in it!  You see - it really is an outdoor kitchen and not far to go for herbs!!!

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