Posted in May 2014

Give Nature a Home

Give Nature a Home

We have a RSPB sticker on the car that says “Give Nature a Home” but we mean in our garden. Today this young Great Tit (Parus major) appeared in the living room under the fireplace.  I’ve no idea how it got in, probably when the French windows were open. He was quickly scooped up and … Continue reading

There is more in the garden than flowers…

There is more in the garden than flowers…

Our hose drips where it is attached to the outside tap and the corner stays damp so that underneath it was very overgrown and needed a good spring weeding.  However, more than the plants had appreciated the dampness and a large common toad (Bufo bufo) had made the corner his home and even constructed a … Continue reading

Old favourites and new arrivals

Old favourites and new arrivals

  Mme Isaac Péreire started her first flush of perfumed roses about a week ago.  She will continue to flower for months but this first flowering is the most dense and the most welcome and the perfume drifts over the patio to be enjoyed with cups of coffee in the sun. She is being trained … Continue reading

April is over

April is over

April is over.  It was a beautiful month in the garden; mild and sunny.  That was right up until the last week when it became overcast and rained, but as the rain was forecast we took the opportunity to leave the garden being well-watered and follow the sun into Spain for a few days. April … Continue reading