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.

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22 September 2011

Tosca & Poppy Move In

Tosca and Poppy
A trip to Newland Poultry yesterday meant that Tosca and Poppy have now come to live at PTC.  They are replacements for Bluebelle and Priscilla R.I.P..  Tosca is a Black Rock hybrid and Poppy a Coral hybrid As soon as it was dark, we put them in to roost with Black Betty, Lulu and Amelia and hoped for the best.  This morning the House for Hens look like a cell in the Maze Prison!  However when the door was opened, the 3 older residents came rushing out with the new girls refusing to budge.  Obviously, it all looked too scary for words and after 20 minutes they had to be tempted to the bottom of the ladder with corn.  After a few minor skirmishes where the referee had to wave a red card at Lulu of all least likely culprits, they seemed to settle down.  Poppy flew up to the House for Hens several times and was seen pecking and scratching up all the newspaper.  As soon as the nest box was pointed out, she laid her very first china white egg - on her very first day!  She can't have been too traumatised by events.  More photos can be found at:

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