a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France




There is a lot of dew in the garden at this time of year.  The grass is wet and Wellington boots are a necessity.  But trudging down the garden early in the morning I noticed what lovely patterns the dew left on the flowers.


The Phacelia was well sprinkled…

Winter Honeysuckle

as was the Winter Honeysuckle.  So I felt the urge to sprint, as fast as my Wellies would allow, back to the house to get my camera.

Full rose 2

In the front garden the fully open rose was in competition …

Rose bud

with the rose bud to produce the most delicate drop patterns.


Then I spotted and extra big drop on a Persimmon left hanging as a winter treat for the birds.  I managed to get an upside down image of the house!

But all this had started with good intentions, my weeding tool and Welly boots.  It is too easy for me to get distracted in the garden.

Bemused robin

As the Robin followed me back and forth through the garden, he seemed to be trying to work out what I was up to.  It was as if the rolls had been reversed and I was being watched for the entertainment value I was providing.

Only fair really, after all the hours of pleasure I get watching the wildlife in the garden.

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

33 thoughts on “Distractions

  1. I think you have a lovely flair with the artwork that is freely given by nature to those of us who have eyes, ears and nose to appreciate the gift. The way you write about your experiences and the photographs lets me share in your presents from nature too. Thank you for this, Lindy Lou

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  2. Distraction or no, I think you found a time-honored way to enjoy your garden. Hope you have a happy Christmas.


  3. The close up dew drop is a wonderful picture, Amelia. Like you I often go out in the garden to work and end up dashing back in to fetch the camera. Wildlife is a welcome distraction in the garden.

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  4. That’s a very impressive image of the house upside down!


  5. Beautiful pictures – thanks for sharing.

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  6. I do that too, rush back to the house for my camera, usually for insects or butterflies that have invariably moved on by the time I am back. Great pictures, especially the inverted home!


  7. Love your upside down house in a dewdrop. And your cute robin. We all do it though, going out with good intentions and getting distracted. That’ s why was love our gardens- endless entertainment.


  8. The image of the Robin would make a beautiful card Amelia, I like the thought of him being entertained by your antics. We still have a little Phacelia and Cerinthe in flower here, both escaped the frosts and now we have some mild weather again, maybe even enough for dew to form here too. Lovely post.

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  9. Those are distractions of the best kind!

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  10. That’s a nice thought…. the birds and wildlife pondering the lives of larger beings and their curious antics! 😉 Lovely photos!


  11. I love that you are entertaining the robin! Good photos


  12. Some beautiful images and so much still in flower – looking forward to our retirement in France in 2017


  13. Amazing honeysuckle! Very pretty. Have a clement winter! RH


  14. I love the closeup of the dew drop — you can see the whole landscape in its tiny sphere. And your robins are so much cuter than ours.


  15. I love the winter dew on flowers


  16. Ahhh, you are so lucky to still have phacelia. Do you ever see bees on them at this time of year? I have to add my praise for the water drop photo…very nice.

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    • I’ve been keeping my eye on the phacelia but recently I think other things have been attracting them. The sunshine that we are having is keeping them active. I just hope they are not as confused as some of the flowers and trees are with this unseasonally mild start to the winter. Amelia

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  17. The robin does look like he is very entertained by your gardening! We had robins in our garden in spring although they didn’t stay – I shall have to try harder to be more interesting to them next year.

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