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After a week away and a couple of thunderstorms inundating the garden all the weeds are happy and flourishing.  So much for the mulch of pine needles which covered the area under the ex-Christmas tree cut down last December.  I think the mulch would have worked if we had not had such a high rainfall. … Continue reading

Summer is here

Summer is here

Summer is definitely here.  Outside the garden the fields are full of sunflower and I could stand all day and watch the bees on my lavender.  My little grey Amegilla albigena that I noticed for the first time last year, has returned like an old friend. My Chitalapa has been flowering from the end of June … Continue reading

Hollyhocks revisited.

Hollyhocks revisited.

This morning (Saturday 5 July 2014) I had a look in the Hollyhocks and saw two Tetralonia bees still not properly awake at 8 a.m.  They are not early risers. As I bent to take the photograph from a different angle I noticed that there were three!  It had been a rainy night with cooler … Continue reading

It’s Hollyhock time!

It’s Hollyhock time!

I never realised what a difference the hollyhocks make to the garden.  They are a bit the emblematic flower of this region of France and now pop up everywhere. They are a natural for along our back fence. But they are happy in rough, partially shady spots. They keep us company growing against inhospitable walls. … Continue reading

A Megachile emerges

A Megachile emerges

Originally posted on Bees in a French Garden:
On the fourth of September last year I noticed a hole in my bee hotel had been beautifully sealed by carefully arranged sections of rose petals. (See Some Megachile). On the 24 of May this year I noticed a hole had been chewed in the centre of…

Give Nature a Home

Give Nature a Home

We have a RSPB sticker on the car that says “Give Nature a Home” but we mean in our garden. Today this young Great Tit (Parus major) appeared in the living room under the fireplace.  I’ve no idea how it got in, probably when the French windows were open. He was quickly scooped up and … Continue reading

There is more in the garden than flowers…

There is more in the garden than flowers…

Our hose drips where it is attached to the outside tap and the corner stays damp so that underneath it was very overgrown and needed a good spring weeding.  However, more than the plants had appreciated the dampness and a large common toad (Bufo bufo) had made the corner his home and even constructed a … Continue reading

Old favourites and new arrivals

Old favourites and new arrivals

  Mme Isaac Péreire started her first flush of perfumed roses about a week ago.  She will continue to flower for months but this first flowering is the most dense and the most welcome and the perfume drifts over the patio to be enjoyed with cups of coffee in the sun. She is being trained … Continue reading

April is over

April is over

April is over.  It was a beautiful month in the garden; mild and sunny.  That was right up until the last week when it became overcast and rained, but as the rain was forecast we took the opportunity to leave the garden being well-watered and follow the sun into Spain for a few days. April … Continue reading