Blood moon

Although I am still skeptical re the power of the moon on growing plants , its power of attraction did drag me out of my bed early this morning just in time to take this photo of a super “blood moon”. Exposure 1/6 sec. at f/5.6. Focal length 300 mm. ISO Speed Rating 4000 ISO.…

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New Year’s Day 2019 Flower Count

New Year’s Day 2019 Flower Count in papi Jo’s garden.  1.- Calamintha nepeta 2.- Spiraea thunbergii ‘Fujino Pink’ 3.- Clematis ‘Samaritan Jo’ 4.- Vinca major 5.- Sarcococca confusa 6.- Saxifraga fortunei sp. 7.- Erica carnea 8.- Camellia Japonica x williamsii ‘Buttons & Bows’ 9.- Erica arborea ‘Great Star’ 10.- Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze’ 11.- Daphne…

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Dinner’s ready!

Sparrows having a great time at the grease balls on my crab apple tree. Shy blue tits only come when the boisterous sparrows have flown away.

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November colours in the garden

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; Conspiring with him how to load and bless With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run; To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees, And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core; To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells With…

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Asian hornet visiting the garden

Hi all bug lovers! Just spotted this lovely (?) specimen of Asian hornet (Vespa velutina)  in my garden this morning. Actually there were 3 individuals altogether, sitting either on a chrysanthemum plant or on the foliage of my choisya. On the choisya they were licking the honeydew on the leaves.

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European Heritage Days in La Ballue…

On the “European Heritage Days” we went to visit La Ballue jardins, located somewhere between Rennes and Mont St Michel. The weather was perfect, just a little cold at first. The gardens were OK, great if you are fond of topiaries (which is not our case), great view to the landscape beyond. But very few…

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Papi Jo’s tomatoes, continued

Placing those plastic crates under my tomatoes to deter the slugs did not quite work as expected. The specimen on the right was attacked, but the slug only ate the skin, which is a good thing because the skin of those tomatoes is rather hard and not very edible. So I thanked the slug and…

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