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Spring in February?

Spring in February?

Nothing looks greatly different in the garden since the big chill.  However, we had the big wind next with winds over 100 km. an hour and the winds were higher in the coastal regions.   This left our area without electricity.  We were out for just over 24 hours but depending on where you lived others … Continue reading

After the big chill

After the big chill

  Little has changed in the garden in the past weeks, but this says a lot for the hardiness and resilience of the plants as they have weathered a period of constant sub-zero overnight temperatures that dropped to minus eight degrees centigrade. Frost on primroses makes them look sugar-coated and they are tough as old … Continue reading

Perfume and colour in the December garden

Perfume and colour in the December garden

When the sun plays on the Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree the perfume expands over the garden and the bees descend on the flowers.  The flowers are just starting to open and are only opening slowly. Have you ever been caught out by thinking an artificial plant was a real one?  There are some fake plants … Continue reading

Planting bulbs the hard way

Planting bulbs the hard way

This pot has lain since May of 2014 just to satisfy my curiosity.  I had noticed daffodils appearing in the garden where I thought they had not been planted but at the same time I doubted whether they would self-seed. I have read that bees are not attracted to daffodils but that will depend on … Continue reading

Autumn arrives in yellow

Autumn arrives in yellow

A misty start to a cool morning but at least we have had six millimetres of rain. The early morning mist adds to the autumn feeling. But the sun burns through and lights up the Maple-leaved Ash.  I don’t have many red leaves in the garden in the autumn. My best autumn colours are yellow, … Continue reading

We need rain

We need rain

Our region has had water restrictions imposed for agriculture use to protect water table levels.  There are still no restrictions on domestic use for gardens or washing cars.  I’ve planted my broad beans anyway.  I have been protecting unused parts of the vegetable garden with cardboard and I hope to put compost on top of … Continue reading

New bee plants in the garden

New bee plants in the garden

Last March we bought some plants for the garden from a beekeeper, Jacky Borie, in the Dordogne who also sells a variety of trees and plants known for their production of nectar and honey.  At this time I had not realised the difference from buying your plants from a sure source like this or buying … Continue reading

Not your usual garden flowers

Not your usual garden flowers

Pulicaria dysenterica, or Fleabane, is not your usual garden flower and I can just imagine you thinking – “That figures!”  I thought hard about bringing it into the garden as I was worried that it might be difficult to control as it seems to pop up on the roadside here in the summer time without … Continue reading