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Blossom time

Blossom time

Most of the trees have opened their leaves.  The lime trees and walnut are trailing behind. After my discovery of my hazelnut flowers, I have decided to catch my mulberry flowers.  The bud is about to open! What a disappointment!  It’s not what I would call a flower but it is all the mulberry can … Continue reading

Bees in the trees

Bees in the trees

This is my favourite time in the garden when my plum tree is in flower.  It heralds the official opening of springtime in the garden. It attracts honey bees in their hundreds to fill the canopy with a constant motion and buzz that adds to the cloud of its special bitter sweet perfume that floats … Continue reading

Elaeagnus and other surprises

Elaeagnus and other surprises

I love finding out about things and I had a few surprises in the garden last week. Firstly, I was planting some self-seeded Hollyhock plants in front of my Elaeagnus in the back border when I noticed a beautiful jasmine perfume.  The Elaeagnus was bought about six years ago as a workhorse to protect and … Continue reading

Monday, Monday…

Monday, Monday…

The weather forecast last night predicted snow over France with the exception of small areas such as ours.  We are protected by the Atlantic (?).  However, this morning (25 February) we awoke to a light covering of snow.  Less than a week ago we had lunch in the sunshine on the patio. The snow does … Continue reading

Early bumblebees

Early bumblebees

I think I should give an early warning  here – this post  is about bumble bees and honey bees.  It is a sort of warning cum apology but the weather this week was amazing and the bees really took advantage of it.  I took these photographs on Tuesday 19 February in the warm sunshine although the … Continue reading

May in the garden

May in the garden

May has been a wet month so far. This was what the woods looked like on the first of May. It has not stopped the garden flourishing but it has cut badly into the time I have been able to spend in it. The lilac has flowered largely unappreciated, whereas it usually provides welcome shade … Continue reading

I love my quince tree.

I love my quince tree.

One of the first trees we planted was a quince, quickly followed by a second one just in case the first did not make it.  I am particularly fond of the first one.  It is a more compact little tree with round fruits.  The second quince is a different variety with a more elongated shape and more … Continue reading