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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10 April 2017

Flock Re-Stock

All looking very lost!
Easter Egger & Blacktail
We picked up our new Flock of Five on Friday evening.  We have 5 new hybrids: a Marigold, Blacktail, White Star, Copper Star and an Easter Egger! With fox fortifications well and truly established, we look forward to many happy days of egg laying! They are 16 weeks old and came from Sarah's at Newland Grange.  It's such a fabulous place and so clean and organised. We love it!

Having put our new girls in their polehouse to familiarise them with their new roosting quarters when we arrived home, I was up early to let them out and watch them have their first look at their new surroundings. Highly entertaining!  No one dared to fly down! One was gently lifted down and the rest followed spending the day timidly looking around.

As dusk fell, only the Copper Star flew up to roost without any help. The others flew up on the roof, the fence - everywhere looking for somewhere to spend the night. One even flew up and landed on me! Funny how, after all the specialised breeding and hybridisation, their instinct is always to look up high for somewhere safe to roost away from predators.  The following night all 5 found their way to bed! Such intelligent girls! Fresh water, oyster shell, grit and a hopper full of layers' pellets is all on hand and they are now enjoying exploring their new Bamboo garden and conservatory dining room and feeling much more at home! Soon, they will grow their combs and, in a few weeks, they should start laying.

Five Tails!


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