Posted in December 2012

Pressing on

Pressing on

It may not be the New Year, there are still few days left of 2012 but it is not too early for me to have started my reflections on the past year with WordPress. Early in 2012 my son suggested I started a blog as a way to create a journal of the garden and … Continue reading

A frosty December morning

A frosty December morning

Frosty mornings on the Charente Maritime are not too common but this year I was keen to get out and take a look before all the frost was melted by the winter sun. I found even the bramble leaves looked different covered by the frost. The cool evening temperature had formed ice crystals on the … Continue reading

How not to plant a cherry tree

How not to plant a cherry tree

The Victorians used to tell their children cautionary tales to warn them to avoid incorrect behaviour.  I see merit in this as often when you are shown the correct procedure performed by experts it looks all too easy and can give a false sense of security.  So this post is my cautionary tale of what … Continue reading

La Rainette comes calling

La Rainette comes calling

The night before last we had a visit. We were delighted!  The little green frogs are one of our favourite visitors and we had not seen any since the spring.  It had been a very dry summer and not really frog weather but recently it has been raining a lot and I have heard them … Continue reading

My Spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus

My Spindle tree, Euonymus europaeus

I did not discover that there were spindle trees at the bottom of the garden for several years after we started to live here.  This was because they were systematically de-foliated by caterpillars each year and just managed to put on enough growth after their spring stripping to survive until the next annual attack. The … Continue reading