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First day of Spring

Don’t you just love this time of year? The days are getting warmer, wild flowers are out in abundance and the seedlings …

The Buddha’s Hand

I was lucky enough to be given one of these amazing citrus plants last year. It wasn’t looking super-happy, but a winter …

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 …

Sicklomens

My garden’s become a refuge for unwanted plants. I regularly receive e-mails like this, the latest: Hi Lizzie Are you still interested …

Pickaxe gardening

Yes, a pickaxe is a vital piece of gardening equipment here in La Caumette. Our garden is mostly schist. That’s layered metamorphic rock, …

Lots done today

It was the most beautiful, calm and mild day so I set to clearing out weeds from the bed by the garage …

It may be winter outside

….but in my heart it’s spring*. We returned to La Caumette after spending Christmas and New Year a few kilometres down the …

Well who’d have thought?

I’d always assumed this stuff is just a weed. I’ve pulled up tons of the stuff, especially from the gravel courtyard of …

Seed collection No 2 – Physalis

Our edible physalis, Physalis peruviana, or Inca Berries, have been delicious this year. The plants are so strong I wondered if they could be …

Nearly done

I was up and at it early this morning. I started by raking all the dried up weeds and stones from the …

Prayers answered

I had a late birthday present. During the night I heard rain pouring down outside. I’d left a rug and cushions out …

Shootgardening.co.uk

I’m pretty impressed with the Shoot Gardening site so far. It’s a bit of a pain to enter all the plants in …

Lemon grass

Bought from a Chinese grocery, kept in water, changed daily, for one week before planting.

Plants-a-go-go

I’ve just had a wonderful hour picking up all the plants ordered yesterday. Ali cleverly spotted that two of the Miscanthus were …

The bottom swathe

It’s my birthday on Friday. As always I would like plants as presents. So today we went off to the pepinière to …