Lasagna gardening

Papi Jo’s garden is being enlarged… by a couple of square meters… It is merely a matter of trimming a corner of the lawn to move a few plants forward and create a small path in this mixed border which has become very wide. So, usual treatment, namely lasagna. I think it has a little…

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Papi Jo’s Xmas tree for 2019

My Xmas tree this year is called Malus ‘Evereste’. As you can imagine, it took many hours of labour to hang the thousands of those lovely Apple Pendant Xmas Tree Hanging Decorations. I hope you like the result.

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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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