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Weeds in the garden

Weeds in the garden

I recall when I was very young often asking my father the names of various plants, specially the flowers of the beautiful wild weeds in the garden.  I remember him looking at me and saying: “Why do you call them weeds?  They are only another pretty flower that as yet we do not know their … Continue reading

See you next year!

See you next year!

I didn’t plant any bulbs this year.  In fact, I think I dislike planting bulbs more than weeding.  I am a great reader of labels and it causes me great anguish as I put the bulbs into the soil.  I worry – have I placed them too deeply or are they too near the surface. … Continue reading

L’avant-première

L’avant-première

The biggest single event in the garden must be when the prune tree flowers. It is pretty impressive and is the earliest tree to have blossom in the immediate area and gets a lot of admiration from the neighbourhood. For me it not only provides plums, as all good plum trees should, but provides shade … Continue reading

Field of sunflowers

Field of sunflowers

This is a special time in the Charente- Maritime region.  The sunflower fields are in full bloom.  I look forward to the sunflower season in this area, as you drive around you can see acres of sunflower fields.  It is a fairly flat region and you can see the yellow fields stretching off to the … Continue reading

Thoughts on my modern rose

Thoughts on my modern rose

When we bought our property in France we inherited a pink modern rose in the front garden.  It had no perfume and managed to scratch me every time I  needed to turn on the water hose. I was all for getting rid of it.  My husband, who likes roses more than me, pointed out that … Continue reading

Bee orchid

Bee orchid

  I am so excited, I’ve just found a bee orchid  (Ophrys apifera)  in the border of the front garden!  It was nearly an ex-bee orchid as I was in the process of ripping out the dead forget-me-nots. Is it just me or does it look happy I found it too?    

Turning a page on May

Turning a page on May

My last fruit tree is in blossom now.  It blossoms very late in the season and it also fruits late in the year.  My persimmon tree is in the front garden giving us shade with its dense, dark green thick leaves.  I picked the fruit a little early last year in early December as the … Continue reading

Sage

Sage

My sage is extremely popular with the bumble bees at the moment.  It is full of flowers and is another plant that gives rich rewards for very little attention.  It likes sunshine, a soil that does not stay damp (no problem with that in my sandy soil) and seemingly does not like limestone (I do … Continue reading

Let’s here it for Iris

Let’s here it for Iris

Over the years I have come to appreciate irises more and more. I have them planted along the wall of an outbuilding. I have planted them on the outside of our garden wall.  This is not an original idea.  I adopted it because our area I saw so many irises planted along the outside walls … Continue reading

Summer approaches in the woods

Summer approaches in the woods

Everyday sees changes in the countryside.  The warmth, the cold, the rain, the sun all conspire to bring about subtle changes that made no two days the same but there comes a point where our coarse senses remark a change that cannot be ignored. The vibrant, frenetic days of spring are past and summer is … Continue reading