Posted in April 2017

Saints de Glace

Saints de Glace

At 7:30 am today 27th April 2017, the temperatures dropped to minus 4.5 degrees C (24 degrees F).  We see around us many vineyards devastated by the frost.  The vines that had just flowered were frozen. The last few weeks of really warm weather (up to 27 degrees C), have advanced the vines 12 to 15 days, compared with … Continue reading

An April to remember

An April to remember

The one strong feature of the garden in April is the perfume of the Wisteria as it pervades the garden and the house. Of course, there is the noise of the Carpenter and bumble bees in the Wisteria that is part of April as well. The Cerinthe is well established in the front garden now … Continue reading

Honey bees Update April 2017

Honey bees Update April 2017

We were so pleased that our four hives came well out of the winter.  On warmer days throughout the winter the bees were active, even bringing in pollen.  As Brother Adam had suggested we had placed a super under the hives to lift them a little above the damp earth and provide a layer of … Continue reading