IMG_7698 copy

A smack on the lips….

…..from a kiwi, to mark the start of the warmer weather. Today was glorious. A day to tempt you to work in …

IMG_7685 copy

Salads here we come

I absolutely love this time of year. The greenhouse is beginning to heat up, new shoots are appearing throughout the garden, there …

waspswide

Is it any wonder…

…that I was afraid to go into the greenhouse towards the end of last summer? I’m allergic to wasp stings and terrified …

nb312_083_fullscreen

I love this man

Dan Pearson is my favourite living gardener. Just make a cup of tea/coffee and watch this video. Dan talks about his early life …

wide

No sooner begun….

….than brought to a grinding halt. We have snow forecast for the next couple of days, so I’m drooling over seed merchant …

underwhelmed

Underwhelmed

The local garden centres have an extremely limited range of plants at this time of the year, but I prefer to put …

pond

Fish or no fish?

I’m thinking of digging a pond in this area. The plan would be to have a kind of boardwalk leading to the …

Header 2112014

What an autumn!

I gave up trying to garden from mid September until now for two reasons. On the night of 18 September we had …

photo-1

In every cloud….

‘If a plant needs watering it’s in the wrong place.’ Here in the south of France that’s a pretty good adage to …

magnolia wide

The state of play

So here we are in mid-summer. We’ve had temperatures as high as 39℃, severe drought and, today, a very welcome rainstorm. And …

ginkgo wide

Don’t take hasty decisions

Here are three examples of why a bit of patience can reap unexpected rewards.  Last year my pal Alex gave me two olive …

peacefulbelly

Plant sale

This is such a cool ad for a plant sale. I went to Boise, Idaho in 1982. Loved it. Really great people.

cineraria wide

Bee helpful

Reading an article about the demise of 6200 beehives here in the south of France in the last 24 months, I was curious …