A catch up

The garden is in full bloom at the moment. We’ve had a surprisingly cool and wet month or so and the plants have responded well. May can be hot here and the flowers can be over in a jiffy, but not this year. Temperatures have barely risen above 25 degrees and there have been fairly regular rains.

This time last year the garden had used all 10,000 litres of water stored in tanks under the terrace. However this year the tanks are full. This may be helped by the 100 sacks of pine bark we have laid as mulch, but I simply haven’t had to water at all. So good news so far.

The inaugural Herault Gardener Open Gardens event seemed to go really well and there is support for it happening again next year. I’m particularly pleased as the push to get the garden ready means that the hardest work is already done, so now I just have to maintain it through the summer. There are a lot fewer weeds to feel guilty about.

Night time is loud with the sound of nightingales and owls.


When we first started to make the garden having built the house we had no birds at all. The 18 month disruption meant they had all been scared off. Furthermore there were no trees and no foliage for them to perch in. However, the garden has grown substantially and the birds are back. It’s an absolutely delight.

Meanwhile I am cataloguing all the plants in the borders, aided considerably by an app called Photoname which allows me to snap the plants on my iPhone, then to caption the photo right there and then. I then transfer them to a simple database I have created in TapForms and that synchronises with the same program on my Mac. Simple and very useful. I have days when I simply can’t recall the plant names, and then others when they trip off my tongue. I feel as though I am staring into my future, so every aid now will help later on! Here’s a glimpse at what’s in flower at the moment.