Unseasonably cool at the moment. Very green however.
Monday, 20 May 2013
Sunday, 12 May 2013
That's what the lady said. In their first year, "give zem horse sheete, yes, plenty sheete of orse', which of course I knew to be horse manure. I'm refering to the kindly advice given by the vendor who sold me five roots of eremurus himalaicus at a plant fair last Autumn.
I didn't hit them with dung at the time of planting, but still, they've done well, almost shining like white candles on a grey day. So now I'm a confirmed member of the foxtail lilly appreciation society.
P.S. The French for horse manure is fumier de cheval.
Monday, 6 May 2013
They're almost weekly now these spring plantfairs. May is a busy month. This weekend saw the annual two day event at La Brande, just past Vergt which incidentaly is at the centre of the world famous Dordogne strawberry production, just try a mara des bois, the world needs to know.
Always interesting characters at these events.
Clint Eastwood was there.
Beautiful part of the world.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Venues rarely get better than this. The annual garden fete, Jardin en fête, at the Chateau de Neuvic is always a great day out. Karen and I spent a few hours last Sunday wandering around the magnificent grounds trying to avoid making impulse purchases (never easy) and generally just appreciating the the whole event.
I think this is a Banks' rose, and where better to grow one than up the side of your chateau - right?
Below is the view out of the cavernous, vaulted dining room where we had lunch. I didn't get a good internal shot so this one will have to do.
We were on a mission however.
Like the Vulture above? We love the sculptures created by Bill Carter. All are made from either old farm or garden implements and they look superb.
So we bought a Rooster. How cool is he? Head from secateurs, keys for a chin, axe head for a chest, scythe blades for a feathery tail. We love him standing guard down by the river here at Le Banquet.
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Any day now there will be a green explosion. The other side of the valley hums with just a suggestion of vert - next week it'll be cloaked. Today's 30 degree heat just upped the pace a little, it's all change.
The cardoon's romping away and I fear it's going to be too big for its space. It's leaves have doubled in size over the last week or so.
The meadow area is ready. I borrowed a friend's rotovator to till the soil. So much easier than with a spade as last year. Seeds were broadcast last Thursday, hopefully an even distribution, and already there is evidence of germination with just a tinge of green starting to appear. My only concern are some patches of bindweed to which I can do only so much to control.
Almost daily, the 'rosettes' of Scotch thistle, onopordum acanthium enlarge. They're going to be big and with an impressive vertical extent. Thistly brutes with the best purple thistle heads.
Fattening 'fingers' of delosperma and the swelling foliage of sedum are filling out at a pace. Summer is poised.
Sunday, 7 April 2013
A perfectly apt name for the rougest of rouge sempervivum. And 'Fire of Spring' is certainly that, positively enraged. It's the cool mornings which help the colour, well maybe, it's certainly true of the reddened tips of Sedum palmeri, so I filled my boots - literally.
I also tucked in a couple of the Crassula family. 'Moonstones' on the left and possibly 'Mother of Pearl' on the right, I'm not too sure, it was never labelled, though it's a good guess.
Anyway, it's nice to be outside and doing garden things. My recent garden and blogging hiatus is a result of me getting everything ready for the Summer holiday season. It's always a busy time, though this year is a little manic as there are loads of loose ends that need tying up.
I picked up a few pots of Opuntia humifusa at the Monsieur Willy de Wilde's really pretty perfect Pepiniere Lac du Joncs. Perhaps not everybody's cup of tea, but I like the prickly pear. I see them occasionally when out and about, often growing across the top of a stone wall or other such inhospitable environments.
So, after six weeks or so of neglect, the focus is back on Le Jardin and there's plenty to do, so onwards.
PS. The sempervivum pictured left of 'Feu de Printemps' is called 'Othello'. Another cracking name!
Sunday, 10 March 2013
A true rite of spring - watching the return of the Eurasian Crane on route to breeding grounds further afield after wintering in north Africa. The birds fly in a classic V formation, calling all the while,
honking their way ever further north, possibly all the way to Scandinavia.
A pleasant 18 C today, though temperatures tumble later in the week for a short, sharp shock, just to remind us that this is March.