9H34. Les enfants sont à l'école. J'ai rangé, balayé l’appartement. J’hésite un moment à me recoucher. J’ai dû dormir quatre heures, par là. Et puis je mets le thé à infuser, un toast à griller. J’allume mon ordinateur. Sur l’écran apparaît un arbre. C’est Pinus Clausa, le pin des sables, originaire du Sud-Est des Etats-Unis.… Continue reading Sand Pine
J'aime les hortensias. Dans les jardins, leur air d'abondance, leur aise prétentieuse et mensongère qui masque mal leur santé de poitrinaires : point trop de ceci, point trop de cela, nous sommes des divas. Avec du soin et pas mal d'eau, ils occuperont vite tout l'espace que vous leur aurez alloué, et davantage. La main, l'épaule.… Continue reading Les hortensias
Many things happened over the last few months, but that might be the subject of another blogpost. We'll see. Today, finally, a bit of sun in this dreary island (I mean, what a weather. In France (Lyon), not only did I not wear fleece jackets, I didn't even own one. Here have the joy of… Continue reading May, beginning of June.
I want to say I am grateful. My garden is coming along. Things are quite a lot later than last year, as the winter 2013 had been incredibly mild. At the moment, the little Sun Disc daffs are just opening, as are the new tulips (Queen of the Night and Spring Green), last year's Parrot… Continue reading April – sowing and awaiting new plants
In the garden, after a summer which saw triumphant delphiniums flowering several times, some changes. After a long battle which left me with aching arms for quite some time, the Spiraea Japonica was unearthed last week and put aside. I had meditated on this for a long time : it was in the wrong place,… Continue reading Farewell Spiraea ! Hello, more alpines.
Nous avons eu quelques jours de beau temps et j'ai passé du temps au jardin. Les lys d'or de mon fils commencent à fleurir, les alliums Christophii dardent leurs étoiles mauves au-dessus du petit érable Shirawasanum, et j'ai des edelweiss qui s'épanouissent au soleil (c'est mal, je le sais, autant que les oliviers que mes… Continue reading Dans les jardins de Mount Ephraim
And so the season is getting on. (I must work on my titles. The only other one which I had in mind was : "More random stuff from my garden"). Daffs, hyacinths, tulips are long gone, even the iris have passed away.The little Lewisia seems at the end of its flowering time, and so do… Continue reading … end of May.
My sister and my cousin are born in May. In France, it's lovely month which starts with offerings of lilies of the valley, followed by lots of bank holidays. Here, I haven't managed to grow the fragrant flowers, and the weather is changeable to say the least, but I still enjoy the slow swelling of… Continue reading Beginning of May
Well, it's raining today down here, but that won't dampen my mood. After all, things are moving fast in the garden ! I - Bugs Last week, we were delighted to find a new resident in our garden, a little but fierce crab spider stationed on one daffodil. I am told they can change colour… Continue reading Bugs and buds
Il y a un arbre dans le champ près de chez moi Le vent frôle en passant les rubans de couleurs Que des mains en tremblant ont noués pour qu'y pleure La ronde des saisons en souvenir de toi Claire. L'arbre est un cerisier. Son écorce striée De soie pourpre et de cendre est faite… Continue reading Sakura
Just to say Acer Palmatum Katsura is leafing out. It is absolutely as beautiful as I imagined it, leaves of luminous green lined with pink, and glowing as if internally lit. I am a rubbish photographer, but I think you can still guess the gracefulness and the lightness. Another wonder of March was the Brunnera… Continue reading Beginning of April
It feels good starting to work again in the garden. Some hard pruning, some repotting, some cleaning (and some slug pellets scattering, alas). And the hot questions which keep me awake in the early hours... Will the blue hydrangea stay blue this year ? Will the snake-head fritillaries survive the imposition of a gorgeous Candy… Continue reading About a little garden’s destiny
So, thanks to this very mild (though very wet) winter, a number of things have been happening in my little garden in spite of the season ! Some of them were expected, as the coming of the snowdrops : and the flowering of the hellebores (Blue Metallic Lady): By the way, I am quite… Continue reading Back in business (already ?)
OK, now is the time to show off (yes, I know I didn't do anything). This is it. This is what I was hoping for, this is my minute of exaltation. I wish I knew how to take a proper photo, one that would actually show this tree's incredible colours. It doesn't matter now that… Continue reading Glorious red
Thanks to a friend kind enough to read this blog and lend me his camera, I can now add some pickies to illustrate my previous gardening post. Here is Acer palmatum Katsura, last month and now : and the scorched-leaved Acer Shirawasanum Aureum and the reddening Osakazuki, which looks a lot brighter in reality. And… Continue reading Addendum
How time flies. Son is now going to school, which mainly consists for the moment in playing with Legos / trains / puzzles / cars. Daughter is bossing everybody around, even without using any recognisable words. I try not to imagine what it will be when she is older, as I already feel totally… Continue reading Success with the Cosmos.
I am leaving soon for a holiday with my family in France. I don't know if I will manage to steal some time for this blog. Some flowers I have been eagerly awaiting will show up in my absence. It doesn't really matter - my husband can enjoy them and take some pictures. Living things… Continue reading Bye little garden
News from the gardening front. Well, "front" probably conjures the wrong metaphor, as there isn't much to do in the garden in mid-July, apart from deadheading (and mowing the lawn, but we still don't have a working lawn-mower...). I just want to share some pictures of tiny miracles. As usual, click on the pictures to… Continue reading My garden in mid-July
July is now here, believe it or not. Here are the renoncules. Pretty glamorous, aren't they ? Now, my husband's favourite : the Japanese spiraea. A bit too voluminous to my taste (wait till this Autumn, you'll get a Tory-style cut), but the bumble bees are all over it. The alliums took their time, but… Continue reading July buds
The plants ordered online arrived yesterday (see the list in my previous post : here), and of course, I had to rush on my garden fork, spade, and almost empy bag of compost. I planted everything, except the Hosta June, because I couldn't face the possibility of slug and snail damage on its pale green… Continue reading Dance of the red maple