Posted in July 2012

Magnolia grandiflora, a survivor

Magnolia grandiflora, a survivor

Last winter was unusually harsh in the Charente –Maritime.  In February the temperatures were under zero for about two weeks and fell as low minus 17 degrees centigrade. I was resigned to the fact that I would lose a large number of plants unaccustomed to this severe weather.  One of the plants that I had … Continue reading

Bumble bee nests

Bumble bee nests

Today was a very special day!  I cannot believe my luck.  I have always seen a lot of bumble bees in the garden and felt that there must be nests in the garden.  In the spring I saw the queens exploring in the undergrowth, searching for a promising hole but I have never found a … Continue reading

Garden Patrol

Garden Patrol

I make regular patrols round the garden, keeping an eye out for the nasties and trying to nip any problems in the bud.  Well, it sounds virtuous and it is a lot easier than weeding. I keep an eye open for red lily beetle, so feared and hated in the U.K. but so far no … Continue reading

Apricots harvested

Apricots harvested

All the apricots have been recovered from the trees, well actually tree, the one in the front garden gave virtually no fruit.  The one in the back garden gave us only about 5 or 6 kilos.  This year there was no problem with what to do with them.  A split with our neighbour Annie giving … Continue reading

Looking back on June in the woods

Looking back on June in the woods

June in our area of the Charente Maritime was a month of contrasts as far as the weather went.  It was off/on, hot/cold, sunny/cloudy but as far as our walking went we could not have asked for any better. There are so many flowers around just now.  All are beautiful, most are common , but … Continue reading