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

Perfume and colour

Perfume and colour

Such a lot has changed in the garden this week.  Looking from the outside of the front garden, the Wisteria is still in flower and the Iris and Arum lilies are pushing up to meet it.  Unfortunately, so is the wild grass.  The weed seeds get blown against the wall and find a comfortable place … Continue reading

Blossom time

Blossom time

Most of the trees have opened their leaves.  The lime trees and walnut are trailing behind. After my discovery of my hazelnut flowers, I have decided to catch my mulberry flowers.  The bud is about to open! What a disappointment!  It’s not what I would call a flower but it is all the mulberry can … Continue reading

Still waiting…

Still waiting…

The bulbs are up but the sun is obscured by a thick grey blanket. It is true that in our optimism our table was put on the patio a couple of weeks ago but it has since been covered with plastic and although temperatures are not low, there is no sunshine to attract you out … Continue reading

La Côte Vermeille

La Côte Vermeille

Amelia and I took a short holiday last week-end, and discovered another beautiful corner of France.  When I say a corner, I really mean it as it is the southern corner of the Languedoc-Roussillon, bordering the Catalan region of Spain.   The weather was poor, but fairly warm, however, we found the Pyrénées-Orientales absolutely beautiful, and … Continue reading