Spring in February?

Spring in February?

Nothing looks greatly different in the garden since the big chill.  However, we had the big wind next with winds over 100 km. an hour and the winds were higher in the coastal regions.   This left our area without electricity.  We were out for just over 24 hours but depending on where you lived others … Continue reading

After the big chill

After the big chill

  Little has changed in the garden in the past weeks, but this says a lot for the hardiness and resilience of the plants as they have weathered a period of constant sub-zero overnight temperatures that dropped to minus eight degrees centigrade. Frost on primroses makes them look sugar-coated and they are tough as old … Continue reading

Perfume and colour in the December garden

Perfume and colour in the December garden

When the sun plays on the Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree the perfume expands over the garden and the bees descend on the flowers.  The flowers are just starting to open and are only opening slowly. Have you ever been caught out by thinking an artificial plant was a real one?  There are some fake plants … Continue reading

We lost Iris

We lost Iris

My camera endoscope ‘Potensic’ arrived by post which enabled me to inspect the inside of the hive Iris without opening it.  It comes with a 5 metres flexible tube that can be bent and pushed through the hive entrance.  It has a powerful light whose intensity can be adjusted easily by hand.  The camera was … Continue reading

Planting bulbs the hard way

Planting bulbs the hard way

This pot has lain since May of 2014 just to satisfy my curiosity.  I had noticed daffodils appearing in the garden where I thought they had not been planted but at the same time I doubted whether they would self-seed. I have read that bees are not attracted to daffodils but that will depend on … Continue reading

Am I killing our bees?

Am I killing our bees?

Amelia and I spent two week in the UK in late October.  Before our departure we were so happy with our bees. They had given us loads of honey and all the frames of each of our five hives were either full of brood or honey reserve.  This was much better than last year at … Continue reading

The good and bad in November

The good and bad in November

We were two weeks in the U.K. and returned home to sunshine to find all was well with the garden. The broad beans had popped through while we were away. The courgettes had, not unexpectedly, finished but had left us three courgettes which went into some soup. The brussel sprouts are great.  You either love … Continue reading

Cognac Jardin Public revisited

Cognac Jardin Public revisited

It was a beautiful day in October, when mellow from a very enjoyable lunch we decided to enjoy the sunshine and walk through the park in Cognac.  It was many years since we had visited the garden but although I noticed improvements, the structures that had delighted me years ago had been left intact (or … Continue reading