Posted in June 2016

Summer arrives

Summer arrives

We had almost no Winter this year; and the Spring has been most unusual.  Across the mainland Europe, warm days were interrupted with days of heavy rain and wind. A week ago Amelia and I were driving near the city of Cognac and it was truly sad to see large tracks of vineyards completely flattened … Continue reading

A wet June in the garden

A wet June in the garden

This year the garden has had more rain than I have ever experienced here.  I noticed the yellow sedum had dropped its seeds and new plants were growing in the hollow of the next door stone.  By this time of the year moss would usually have turned to a crispy brown but it has inspired … Continue reading

Garden and owl update

Garden and owl update

This is the first year I feel the garden is beginning to take shape.  The willows are now sheltering a seating area in the back garden. The plants are taking on a more mature look. I’ve actually managed to grow lupins.  Well, four plants from a packet of seed.  But only two of them have … Continue reading

Wildlife Wednesday – A Perfect Storm

Originally posted on Gardening Jules:
Inspired by Tammy’s Casa Mariposa blog, I have been trying for some time to compile a list of UK Garden Centres and Nurseries which sell plants without neonics – systemic insecticide use. I am failing. The RHS were unable to help – despite selling a licensed logo “Perfect for Pollinators”…