Posted in March 2012

The garden from far and near

The garden from far and near

The weather continues to be warm and has completely seduced us into believing that summer has arrived.  It hasn’t arrived but I am seduced.  I cannot help wandering around the garden completely distracted by each new happening.  A serious gardener would get a grip on herself and spend more time on the important tasks of … Continue reading

A trap in the trees – Asiatic Hornets beware

A trap in the trees – Asiatic Hornets beware

The Asiatic hornet vespa velutina nigrithorax is a non-native species of hornets which has invaded France and gets very bad press over here.  It was first identified in 2004 in France and the story goes that it had stowed away in some pottery that had been imported from China.  The sad truth is that it … Continue reading

Bees in the willows

Bees in the willows

The weather today was like summer.  The temperature was in the mid 20’s and the bees were busy. They were busy in my weeds. They were busy in the rosemary. They were foraging in the flowers… And in the dog violets. But the biggest attraction was the willow tree at the bottom of the garden. … Continue reading

A bird in the hand

A bird in the hand

One has a tendency to marvel at nature, at the wonderful accomplishments of simple creatures. But let’s face it – they make mistakes too. In my opinion it was all the sparrows fault.  They have a tendency to flock down on the patio and then when one decides to leave the others all fly off … Continue reading

Bee hopeful

Bee hopeful

I would love to have a garden that was alive with colour, shape and form throughout the four seasons of the year. I read the gardening magazines and I plant Cornus alba to give me the bright red bark throughout the winter.  I leave the flower heads on the hydrangea and sedum to catch the … Continue reading

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

It’s raining, it’s pouring…

It’s raining it’s pouring…Well, what does a gardener (an amateur one!) do on a wet Sunday in March?  First comes the guilt for going walking during the warm sunny afternoons last week but that doesn’t last long.  The temperatures soared into the 20’s and it was too good to stay in the garden and get … Continue reading