a french garden

Reflections on nature in a garden in France

July 2020 Beehouse Update


via July 2020 Beehouse Update

I’ve been having fun watching three species of bees nesting in one of my bee houses.  I’ve posted it on my site “Bees in a French Garden”, if you would like to take a look.

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.

8 thoughts on “July 2020 Beehouse Update

  1. Amelia, I would love to take a look…. but you haven’t got a link on this post and/or page to take me there instantly…….
    Stay well, stay safe….

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  2. Hi Amelia,
    Your last two entries have been a joy. We have been in our new house in the Dordogne for one month, and I relate very much to the comments in your ‘Author’ section: “There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden”. We are exhausted. However, wildlife is always present – and I hope soon to share what I have found and what I think needs to be done. I shall be using your blog for guidance!
    Do you think your mystery bee could be a species of Chelostoma?
    Cheers, Malcolm.

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    • There are mashed leaves and whole cut leaves holes (Megachiles, probably), Crystalline crumble (Heriades, probably), smooth, clear changing to opaque (Colletes family), stony crumble (Chelestoma, probably). My pretty white scopa bee looks to short for the Chelestoma and she is using cut leaves to fill the hole, but you could be right. Amelia


  3. I haven’t been able to find your bee house post 😦


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