OK OK OK, so in less than two hours, we are going to be in a new year, let's hope it's better than this one. Just come back from The North (Manchester) this evening, after four wonderful days where I didn't do any shopping, cooking, cleaning, planning, and could just sit on a comfortable carpet… Continue reading Happy New Year – Peace be with you
There's that good-looking young Jehovah's Witness, S., who comes back to ring my bell from time to time. The first time, he just introduced himself and the other young man who accompanied him. He asked me if I sometimes thought about the state of society, whether I found things hard. Did I wonder whether things… Continue reading Witnesses
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
My, my, the camera hasn't come back yet. Dear Student of my husband, whoever you are, please give it back. I need it. A blog without any pictures is probably worse than a blog without words (OK this sentence is totally stupid). It isn't today that you will be lucky enough to hear about something… Continue reading Gizza’ job ! I can do that !
The rain and the cold have arrived. The Katsura maple is a deep purple colour. The Osakazuki is very slowly reddening. Redwine lost all its leaves some time ago because of mildew, but has lots of buds. Acer Shirawasanum Aureum is looking quite ugly as its leaves are scorched. I still have a wall of… Continue reading Quick update. (And about rose-tinted glasses.)
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
I said in a previous post that I am not a talented mother. Other mothers around me (plus some on Facebook) make me confirm what I already knew : I am impatient, inconsistent, temperamental, unimaginative... and I take my kids to MacDonald's. As a result, my almost four-year-old son is addicted. I sometimes bribe him… Continue reading Parent’s rummaging
Let's be a shamefully silly parent and share some of my kid's productions. In fact, my son can't hold a pen properly, but he likes to play with paint. Misty Mountains Eruption on Mount Doom Never too young to begin with Tolkien !
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
Did I say that frogs and toads actually live in my garden ? It makes me feel even worse for using slug pellets and stops me from cutting back the ivy as they like to hide in it. Unlike English people, I am not particularly a bird lover - I mean, I think birds are… Continue reading Frogs
Not feeling on top of anything today. My daughter is suffering very badly from chickenpox and has been screaming for most of the day, starting at 2 am last night. Her father has been running between chemist shops to find creams and antihistamin drugs. On the gardening front, I have finally accepted that the sowing… Continue reading C’est la Bérézina.
So. Slugs and snails. Well, there's not much to say, really. I think I am losing the battle. I tried the nasty pellets, but wasn't too happy about it. I am not super green, etc, but if you can avoid using nasty stuff, why not try ? So I purchased copper tape for the pots… Continue reading Slugs and snails and puppy dogs’tails
Hello again. Well, this blogging business was first suggested to me by my husband, amused by my newly found passion for growing things and fighting slugs and snails (a battle which I am losing). So, a gardening blog this will be, most of the time. It could be entitled : "The ignorant and hopeful gardener".… Continue reading Introduction to my little garden and a discovery for me.