My hazelnut trees are flowering!

My hazelnut trees are flowering!

Bright red against the blue sky! They are not like the flowers on apple or pear trees, in fact, the petals remind me more of sea anemones. I must admit, this is the first time I have seen the flowers of my hazelnuts.  Last year I saw the photographs of these intriguing flowers on one … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day in the garden

Valentine’s Day in the garden

It’s been a bit cold and windy in the garden this week. But it looks like the ring doves have already decided to nest in the apricot tree again this year. (Photograph credits due to my husband!)

Mason bee hotels or houses

Mason bee hotels or houses

We have been having our share of cold weather this week. Our weather is still very tempered by our position and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean so I am talking about temperatures dipping below zero centigrade at nightime and rising to a high of 7 or 8 degrees during the day.  From comments I am … Continue reading

Slowly, slowly

Slowly, slowly

January is over and perhaps the worst of the winter is finished.  So many plants in the garden seem poised, waiting for the signal to flourish. The daffodils have shown their colour but have remained tight closed.  Some snowdrops have appeared and the crocus are just starting to open.  So different from last January when … Continue reading

Amphibian emergency escape route installed

Amphibian emergency escape route installed

I have posted several times about our old well that is just outside our patio doors (The old well, The well in winter, Well shock).  I had always considered it a good environment for the newts, frogs and toads that appeared to be making their home there. I was, therefore, quite upset and resistant to … Continue reading

A small event

A small event

Sometimes the smallest event can trigger a chain of events that seems to take on a life of its own. I was walking near the house last week when I saw an unusually large flock of small birds.  Luckily I had my camera but I soon had a glimpse of colours and had a good … Continue reading

Well Shock

Well Shock

While in the U.K. over Christmas I received a comment on an old post “Water, water everywhere…” from last February 2014.  Paul wrote: The amphibians that end up in your well are trapped, in a short space of time they will drown, it would be good if you could help them out via a long … Continue reading

First frost

First frost

Last Sunday the first frost arrived.  It had taken a long time arriving, so I was pleased to go out and catch the plants with their winter coating before the sun rose higher and started to warm up the air. I felt that this would be the last of the Hollyhocks but they have survived … Continue reading

Winter begins

Winter begins

Winter has finally arrived.  The drop in temperature over just two days felt brutal.  We have gone from mild, sunny autumn days to dull days with temperatures sometimes in the single figures (Centigrade!) – still no frost yet. My liquidambar has lost most of its leaves now without producing spectacular bright red leaves but yellow/orange … Continue reading

The pompier called

The pompier called

Yesterday a sapeur pompier rang the door bell and I hurried out to open the garden gate as he stood outside in the sunshine.  He saw my bemused look and waved a copy of the calendar he was carrying.  The penny dropped and I invited him in explaining that I was having a hard time … Continue reading