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

Bees in the trees

Bees in the trees

This is my favourite time in the garden when my plum tree is in flower.  It heralds the official opening of springtime in the garden. It attracts honey bees in their hundreds to fill the canopy with a constant motion and buzz that adds to the cloud of its special bitter sweet perfume that floats … Continue reading

New home for an old trunk

New home for an old trunk

It all began some eight years ago.  The large building next to our house was always called by the previous owners the atelier, so Amelia and I have kept that name.  It is more than a barn.  It stores all our garden furniture, the ride-on mower, the wood for the fire place, and a variety of objects that … Continue reading

Many happy returns

Many happy returns

All it takes is a little bit of sunshine and splashes of colour return to the garden. After all the rain the plants are ready for the big opening.  There is not much pollen on the willow yet, these stamens were the only ones I saw and they were high up, but it won’t be long. … Continue reading

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