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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22 June 2010

Albertine

The Albertine's in flower and - so far, no sign of mildew......yet!  Early days though!

The egg production is increasing and our grand total to date is 10!  Work has commenced on a secure and permanent run for our little flock but, as usual, we have ideas above our station and are embarking on a hexagonal 'aviary' (hennery?) down in Cato's Corner.  The small site has been cleared and building materials delivered.  Serious work commences early on Saturday and we hope to have 2 full day's graft.  The site has to be levelled before a base is laid.  The panels will be 12 gauge 2"concrete reinforcing mesh as opposed to chicken wire - hopefully with a clematis trained over it.  The triangular roof sections will be 10 gauge.  Chris has given us a lovely antique gate which he rescued and which will be pressed into use as the bars happen to be just the right width!

In the meantime the pots, tubs and baskets are being taken over by 'REALLY' Violent RED Geraniums this year - courtesy of Keith Boulton at Heathfield nursery.  We lost much of our own stock to fungal infection last year and so have had to buy in new stock.
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