Posted in July 2014

Back home

Back home

After a week away and a couple of thunderstorms inundating the garden all the weeds are happy and flourishing.  So much for the mulch of pine needles which covered the area under the ex-Christmas tree cut down last December.  I think the mulch would have worked if we had not had such a high rainfall. … Continue reading

Summer is here

Summer is here

Summer is definitely here.  Outside the garden the fields are full of sunflower and I could stand all day and watch the bees on my lavender.  My little grey Amegilla albigena that I noticed for the first time last year, has returned like an old friend. My Chitalapa has been flowering from the end of June … Continue reading

Hollyhocks revisited.

Hollyhocks revisited.

This morning (Saturday 5 July 2014) I had a look in the Hollyhocks and saw two Tetralonia bees still not properly awake at 8 a.m.  They are not early risers. As I bent to take the photograph from a different angle I noticed that there were three!  It had been a rainy night with cooler … Continue reading

It’s Hollyhock time!

It’s Hollyhock time!

I never realised what a difference the hollyhocks make to the garden.  They are a bit the emblematic flower of this region of France and now pop up everywhere. They are a natural for along our back fence. But they are happy in rough, partially shady spots. They keep us company growing against inhospitable walls. … Continue reading