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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Papi Jo’s potager!

This “surprise tomato plant” grew from seeds in the compost at the foot of my ‘Celina / flower carpet Yellow Sunshine’ rose-tree this season. I could pick the first ripe tomato this morning and am looking forward to a few more…

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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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