Let it snow, let it snow…

Snow is a fairly rare occurrence in Papi Joe’s garden, so I hastened to take these photos of the plants under the thin layer of snow which fell in the night… and had already melted away in the afternoon!

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Winter flowering 2018

The usual suspects are in bloom. As usual at this time of the year the gardener is impatiently looking out for signs of the forthcoming Spring in his bulbs. As for instance those Finola tulip specimens.  

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Organic is beautiful (or not…)

Organic fruit are not always as good-looking as pesticide-grown ones. Sometimes they can be plain ugly. I buy and store my apples for the winter from an organic apple grower near to where I live. Most apples are OK-looking, some look terrible (but still quite tasty—fortunately). Here are some photos taken today in my kitchen.…

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How to attract tits and keep sparrows at bay

This year I purchased a huge carton of suet balls, at bargain price. I hang them in my little crab apple tree ‘Evereste’, much to the delight of all the little garden birdies. However I’m somewhat fed up (pun intended) with the behaviour of the sparrows who come in their masses, eat the balls in…

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Preparing the borders for winter

Many perennials maintain a visible presence in the border in winter (some asters, heucheras, etc.) but others die back and leave no trace (e.g. delphiniums and some hardy geraniums such as ‘Rozanne’, shown in photo). In case of memory lapses regarding my border layout, I regularly put in short bamboo canes in autumn to indicate…

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New plants in the garden

For the 3rd year running we visited the nearby Salon Délices de Plantes in Cesson-Sévigné. The weather was changeable, with a few showers which forced us to take shelter under the exhibitors’ tents… and of course encouraged us to succumb to temptation. Eventually we were quite reasonable and only bought two specimens. See below. –…

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