New plants in the garden…

Back from the Cesson-Sévigné plant festival, with 2 ferns for the “ferns wall”, and a Hoheria sexstylosa “Stardust”. The latter will replace the Chinese lilac which did not resist this summer’s heat wave. This shrub is quite similar to the Eucryphia I planted in 2015 and which has hardly grown in 4 years! Let’s hope…

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A Hongkonger in Papi Jo’s garden!

Due to this summer’s heat wave, two shrubs have given up in Papi Jo’s garden. Namely the Chinese lilac Syringa Microphylla Superba which will have lived only 4 years in the garden. It will be replaced by the Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Red Baron’ which I planted nearby and which is cramped. This is the principle of…

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Visit of a Praying Mantis

This morning I “rescued” a praying mantis caught in a spider web in a corner of my garden shed. This is the season when these insects seek refuge indoors. Relatively rare north of the Loire, this is only the third specimen I have seen here in 20 years! So I carefully placed it on one…

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Beginnings of a fern wall

With only 10 ferns, this wall is not very impressive, but it is a start. To follow its story, go to this page. If it works well, Papi Jo could consider offering this green wall to Donald T., who loves walls so much. But not sure it would go well with the climate of the…

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152 visitors in Papi Joe’s Garden!

Sat. June 15th and Sun. June 16th were open garden days in Papi Joe’s garden. The visitors were comprised of the “usual suspects”, anxious to spot the new plants in an already visited garden, and many newcomers too. About 70 plant plugs which were no longer needed in the garden were given away, duly labelled…

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A stressed gardener

There is much talk of the pleasure of visiting gardens, but no mention of the “stress” of the gardener who opens his garden to visitors. A week before the operation “Welcome to my garden in Brittany”, which he takes part in, papi Jo scrutinizes each massif, each plant of the garden, each blade of the…

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