End of April

This is our Persimmon tree. All the new leaf shoots have been frazzled by the frost we had a week or so ago but the damage is only becoming apparent now. Even the Redstarts are confused. They have been coming to survey the bird boxes in the Persimmon tree and I think they are puzzled that there are no leaves.

Not all the plants were affected and the Choisia Sundance is in great form while right beside it the Hydrangia is in a sorry state.

The flowering Ash tree (Fraxinus ornus) looks completery bedraggled with burnt leaves and some sad flowers.

This is what the flowering Ash looked like on 12 April 2019. It was not that the low temperatures were so low this year but our previous temperatures were so high, fooling the plants to think summer had come. This week the temperature has gone up to 29 degrees Centigrade here (84 degrees Fahrenheit), so the yo-yo-ing of weather continues with no rain.

We take advantage of the good weather to enjoy coffees outside. The tree peony is flowering.

The flowers are big, blowsy affairs with a touch of red in the centre. The flowers don’t last too long but at least we are getting sunshine to enjoy them.

Tucked away close bye are a group of blue and pink forget-me-nots. I would never have been able to tempt them to grow where they have appeared but the self-seeders always seem to find a place for themselves.

Poppies are the masters of self-seeding and our first red poppies are out and managing to attract some of the Anthophora bees away from the Cerinthe.

They are noisy bees.

Our first Camassia has flowered in our container. We have a big tub of Camassia near where we sit for coffee. Between the bumble bees and the Anthophora there is always a buzz.

The little tree frog outcompetes the bees. He perches on the lemon tree in its pot on the patio and watches us taking our coffee. I must get a recording of him as he has a powerful croak that belies his tiny size.


29 thoughts on “End of April

  1. Malcolm Gillham

    Yes, the damage is now becoming apparent. In my newly planted orchard the plums are looking good, but the apples are in various states of frazzle – I will need to wait a few weeks to see which ones pull through. My hydrangea looks like it will grow out of the damage, but with many blackened shoots. But amongst all this my roses have bloomed into magnificence!

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  2. I love the yellow tree peony. What is the name? I saw them frequently when garden touring southern England some years ago. They aren’t as well know here. Lovely plants. We can always hope and expect the damaged plants to come back strong next season. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I’m afraid I do not know the name of the tree peony, it was an impulse buy some years ago, and like a lot of the plants we see in France, it was not well labelled. Now I try to be more discerning and choose plants for what I am trying to achieve and that are suitable for the climate here. I try to avoid impulse buys – but it does not always work :). Amelia


  3. Hello Amelia,
    Fascinating to read that even you’ve been hit with late frosts and no rain. And what a temperature swing! Will the frosts have clobbered all the vines, or aren’t their flowers open yet? It really is tough for plants and insects to cope. I wonder if it’s exceptionally dry for you for this time of the year? Here we’re already fretting about our water supply after the driest April we can recall. And we’re not into any real heat yet.
    Best wishes

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    1. In this region the frosts were just on the cusp to kill the first flowers of the vines. It is quite odd even in the same field some of the flowers have been killed and others survived. I think it was because the frost was accompanied by unusually cold wind during the day, so shelter was more important than usual. I do not have any statistics but I cannot remember a spring as dry as this. However, the east and south of France have been getting rain. Amelia

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        1. It is not disaster for the vineyards in this region but I have not paid attention to what is happening elsewhere as other areas had harder frosts. This year has certainly been “different”. Amelia


  4. I worried about that predicted cold snap in your neighborhood. We are having yo-yo weather, too, but not as extreme. I woke up this morning to snow and drizzle–a welcome bread from tree planting. Please keep us apprised of the status of the persimmon. I have been considering putting some of them in–but we’re on the edge of their zone….

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    1. I am a great fan of the persimmon. Putting aside your much colder temperatures, it is very tough here. Giving fruit you can keep into the winter is a big plus too. What would be great is if you could find someone nearby you that has tried them. Amelia

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    1. I think most of the damage is cosmetic and the leaves are coming back. We will have to see if the the plums will be touched or not. We have cut down our two apricot trees now as we feel it is not a good area for early blossoming fruit tres. Amelia


  5. You have the cutest bumblebees!!! So adorable. Sweet little friendly frog too! Hope your garden is recovering from the frost. We’ve been so busy here, not only with spring planting and chores, but the drought and wildfire safety prep. Whew!

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