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


1 January 2015

Christmas Break for Hens & Gardeners!

Sarah's Hen Hotel

Head gardener, Chief Blogger and Mistress of the Flock has been away in Switzerland spending Christmas with family. The girls packed their bags and went off to stay at Newland Grange Hen Hotel - a 5* Hen Hotel if ever there was one!! In our absence they laid 25 eggs so I figure they enjoyed their week's holiday as much as we did.  Of course they didn't have the snow that we encountered.  I did wonder given their confusion over Bamboo moves, whether they'd have any navigational hiccups on their return home!  Not a bit of it!  After a few handfuls of corn in the dusky evening light, it was straight up their ladder to roost!!  

This was one of the few trips we've made which was without any horticultural input although we did admire the snow covered conifers! All very Christmassy.  Oh well - it's back to the wind and rain now!

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