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


15 December 2014

Bamboozled Chickens!!!

Before removal
Golden Bamboo - Phyllostachys Aurea
Having improved rat defences, Chris (Genever) then replaced the post beneath the House for Hens - this time with oak so it should last a little longer than the last one.  It was all looking so splendid that, I looked at the golden Bamboo -  and thought what shame it totally obscured their house from our house.   When Chris (Pugh) arrived on Saturday, I showed him all our renovations and he agreed.  Now: digging out and replanting sizeable Bamboos is definitely not lightly undertaken.  It was a 'fairly' big job and the bamboo was monstrously heavy!  As if that wasn't bad enough, Chris then suggested that we dig out another scrubby and shorter bamboo thus revealing the much more elegant black bamboo in all its glory.  That was FAR worse!  It (eventually with the assistance of an iron bar) came out in 3 pieces, 2 of which were replanted and the 3rd discarded. As a result, it's all lookin' awfully smart down in the Hen Pen!!

NOW!  Here's a thing!!  As a result of this bamboo move around, the hens were utterly bamboozled (sorry!). Only one of them found their way into roost!  The remaining 4 were completely lost and were picked up and put back in their pole house - for 3 nights!!  Bear in mind: their house remained in exactly the same position. Just how amazing is that?  It certainly makes you wonder about their navigation systems!!

Operations well under way
Rather lost residents

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