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


17 August 2013

Pampered Posers Preen & Perch

New preening perch
Enjoying the cool shade in the Hennery
Since the girls have so much Bamboo growing in the Henclosure and it's so vigorous and invasive, we decided to cut down one clump and, in its place, position the old steerage hoe for them to perch and preen on.  They put it into immediate use and the next morning were all sitting there preening themselves - such vanity!! With No 2 shelter, the Hennery itself and all the other bamboos, they have all the shade in the world. 

Unlike the last 4, these girls actually use the Hennery to shelter from the rain instead of standing around in the pouring rain looking very bedraggled and silly!  The other difference is that these 4 eat the new Bamboo shoots so we are going to have to run some protection around the individual clumps of golden and black bamboos as it would be a shame to lose either one of these two.  The last lot of hens never once touched Bamboo.

Marigold lays an egg.

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