a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France

Fledgling help



I saw this new fledgling getting down to the serious business of removing all the beasties from the top of our plum tree.  He was not at all shy and did not mind that we watched.  He was obviously well brought up and it had been explained that we provide the extra seeds and water in return for natural pest removal.

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

5 thoughts on “Fledgling help

  1. What a great picture. I believe in feeding helpers as well.


  2. Looks like a Blackcap to me. Females and youngsters have a brown cap only the adult males have a Black cap


    • I did notice the cap on its head and I thought someone who knew about birds might be able to recognise it. I have never seen the adult birds but I have a lot of warblers in the bushes. We only catch glimpses of them but they sound wonderful. Thanks so much for the ID.


  3. Birds are great helpers in the garden! What a lovely picture too. Hope your garden is thriving with the help of natures pest control.


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