Special Mission

Special Mission

Last Saturday night I went on a special mission.  Being me, I was very excited about it.  But to begin at the beginning it had all started when I was contacted by the Observatoire des Vers Luisants by email in early July asking me if I had seen any glow worms in my garden this … Continue reading

Confusion in the bee hotel

Confusion in the bee hotel

I keep my bee hotels in full sun so that this gives me maximum light for photographing the antics of the visitors and the warm site appears to be appreciated by the bees.  This has worked well until this summer when the high temperatures and hot sun have kept me from watching as much as … Continue reading

It’s been hot!

It’s been hot!

I have found the high temperatures of this summer difficult in the garden but there are some things that do well in the heat,  like this white oleander outside the house.  It was a mild winter and it was not frozen so it is looking its best ever.  I would have never have planted it … Continue reading

Honey Bees

Honey Bees

It was all the fault of our beekeeper friend Michel who had me hooked on bees.   Every time he visited our garden, he kept telling me: ‘There, you can place a hive…. and over there another….in fact you have room for several hives near the river and just outside the wooded area.’ In January we bought … Continue reading

Summer visitors

Summer visitors

We were having a coffee on the patio when my husband glanced up and said “What’s that on the rose branch?”  I did not immediately see anything but then I noticed our couleuvre (Hierophis viridiflavus) draped over the branch, so I ran inside for the camera before she could slide of.  I think it must be … Continue reading

More bees in the garden

More bees in the garden

This week has been a busy “bee” week.  We had been sure that the bees had intended to swarm into the ruchette before we left on holiday but they obviously delayed their arrival until we were back home.  This time we missed the exciting arrival as we were working in the backgarden during the afternoon … Continue reading

Back home in June!

Back home in June!

Back home and it looked as if I hadn’t missed as much of the flowers as I thought I would. The roses are still flowering. And the Arum lily at the back looks as if it is set for world domination again this year. The back garden looks good from afar. But when you look … Continue reading

May Swarm

May Swarm

The garden in May is beautiful. The old favourites are back. Madame Isaac Pereire is flowering and welcoming the bumble bees. I see more and more male spring bumble bees so I know that their season must be finishing. But this May was special as my husband had decided at the end of last year … Continue reading