Lavatera ‘Barnsley’, a lovely chimera!

When creating the new garden in 2014, following the advice of Fanny from the Esat La Simonière nursery, I planted a specimen of Lavatera ‘Barnsley’, more exactly Lavatera x clementii ‘Barnsley’. This variety of lavatera is in fact what is called a ‘periclinal chimera’, a not quite stable mutation of the cultivar Lavatera × clementii…

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Plant of the moment : Dorycnium hirsutum

Common name: Hairy canary flower. Often listed as Dorycnium hirsutum, Lotus hirsutus is a Mediterranean sub-shrub found growing wild in Portugal. It’s a choice silver-leafed plant for warm and sunny areas, particularly gravel gardens and rockeries, where it forms a spreading mat from which small creamy pink flowers appear at the tips of stems and…

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Surprise visit of an “empress” in the garden

In the past years I’ve came back empty-handed and disgusted from several “insect safaris” field trips in the surrounding countryside. As a result, since I no longer go to watch the insects, they come to visit me in my garden. When I saw this magnificent “dragonfly” still asleep on a fern specimen on my fern…

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The fern wall version 2.0

The new version of the fern wall has arrived. You can read all about the extension, and view all the new fern specimens with their names, etc. at http://www.rezeau.org/wp-garden/en/the-fern-wall/  

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A common brimstone, harbinger of Spring

Today I could take a pic of a common brimstone, Gonepteryx rhamni, basking in the sun on flower-bud of my Clematis ‘Mme le Coultre’. It was not quite awake, so gave me plenty of time of take very close shots. Then it flew away. An incredibly hairy creature!

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The siskins are back!

The siskins have arrived in papi Jo’s garden! First ever visit was 2 years ago, in early March. They finally found their way to my garden again this year … and of course to the enticing fat balls hanging in my Everest crab-apple tree. Lovely colours, exp. in the males, but very aggressive towards the…

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Spring is in the air!

Today is the first day of the Meteorological spring! Meteorological seasons are instead based on the annual temperature cycle and measure the meteorological state, as well as coinciding with the calendar to determine a clear transition between the seasons. The meteorological seasons consist of splitting the seasons into four periods made up of three months…

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