Posted in September 2012

End of September in the garden

End of September in the garden

It has rained at last.  It has been such a dry year that it is time to rethink strategies.  The potager gets watered within reason but during a prolonged dry spell it is like watering a patch on top of a sponge.  I sowed dill twice and each time it came up and flowered almost … Continue reading

New Species of Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee

New Species of Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee

As you can clearly see this is a Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee, a hitherto unknown and undescribed species of Carpenter Bee. No, only joking, the Yellow-Tailed Carpenter Bee doesn’t exist, but she did look authentic. She does really look as if the yellow tail is part of her but I have been watching her nectar orgy … Continue reading

Barcelona visit

I live in the country, not too remote but very quiet.  I reap the benefits of this situation by enjoying a large garden, having my choice of a multitude of walks or cycle rides straight from my door and the sound of silence of the countryside. Last weekend it was time to appreciate civilisation, to … Continue reading

Conversation beside the Brussel sprouts

Conversation beside the Brussel sprouts

It’s no good trying to pretend your’e not there, because your’e so well camouflaged.  I saw you fly in there. I can see perfectly well what your doing. It really doesn’t wash with me the innocent “I’m just resting in the shade” look.  I can see your yellow eggs positioned neatly on the stem.  Now … Continue reading

From Guimauve to marshmallows

From Guimauve to marshmallows

I happened upon the pale pink flowers in the middle of August in the woods beside the dried-up canal.  It seemed such a beautiful plant and I was not sure whether it was a wild flower or a garden escapee which had self-seeded valiantly amongst the bramble and Hemp Agrimony.  The pale green-gray leaves were … Continue reading

Laid back carpenter bee

Laid back carpenter bee

I took this photograph of a carpenter bee (Xylocopa violacea) in early April this year in the garden.  I was delighted to see the return of these huge black bees who took delight in piercing the wisteria flowers to “steal” the nectar. I am surprised that they are not universally liked as they are not aggressive, … Continue reading

Things are changing in the garden

Things are changing in the garden

Yesterday was a  hot summer day with a cloudless blue sky. The “grass” is yellow and the trees are suffering. Today the change is evident.  The morning is misty with the humidity approaching a fine rain. In the garden it is the same.  The season is changing. Yesterday I noticed the plum tree had a dusting of … Continue reading

To a Squirrel

To a Squirrel

Being a practical sort of person I have tried to  acquire plants that have more than one virtue.  By that I mean if I would like a beautiful flower I try to choose a perfumed variety. I decided to plant a green hazelnut on the road side of the garden as they grow quickly to … Continue reading

Heptacodium jasminoides, the bumble bee tree

Heptacodium jasminoides, the bumble bee tree

I bought my Heptacodium jasminoides from the rose grower André Eve’s garden in Pithiviers-le-Vieil in September of 2007.  It was not very big but the jasminoides part of the name and the mention that it was perfumed was enough to attract me and clinch the sale. Since then I have discovered that it originates from China … Continue reading