French National Day 2018

To celebrate today’s French National Day I got some help from the following 3 flowers in my garden (from left to right): Geranium Rozanne, Hydrangea paniculata PASTELGREEN and New Guinea Impatiens. I had to alter the colour of the G. Rozanne flower to make it match the real colour of the flag.

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New decking for the terrace & garden stairs

When we bought the property and renovated the house, a terrace and a large set of stairs were created to give access to the garden. We opted for a cheap stuff, which was nice at first but got rather ugly and hard to maintain after a number of years. This year we finally made up…

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55 visitors on “open garden” day!

  Sat. June 16th was open garden day in Papi Joe’s Garden. The weather was cloudy but no rain, which was perfect for the visitors to get a good view of all the colours of a garden in full bloom. The visitors comprised the “usual suspects”, anxious to spot the new plants in an already…

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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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