Snowed under… so what?

Sous la neige

In Papi Joe’s garden, each plant copes with the snow according to its specific characteristics. The snow does not scare off the ‘snow heather’ or the Japanese azalea ‘Amoena’. Snow plus frost flatten the hellebores on the ground (but they will rise again) and scorch the pretty pink flowers of…

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De gustibus et odoribus…

The narcissus Tazetta ‘Paperwhite Ziva’, continued… Further to my recent article of January 10th ” Why do my Paperwhites stink? “, here are the results of a small survey conducted on the 2 gardeners’ forums that I attend. Paperwhite Narcissus: sweet or foul smell? Arrosoirs & Sécateurs Gardeners’ World lovely…

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A new compost item

The postman brought me a brochure in a compostable wrapping. Cool! I have just added this wrapping to my compost to study its evolution towards total breakdown. Since I had a new specimen roll of “Lotus” toilet roll on hand, I inserted the brochure wrapping inside the roll and put…

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New birdie in garden

A few days ago I replaced the “bird seed mixture” in this feeder with nothing but (unshelled) sunflower seeds. It didn’t take long for the goldfinches to spot their favourite food, even though I had never seen them in my garden before.Well, they have to share with the tits. But…

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Why do my Paperwhites stink?

Among the rare plants flowering in the middle of winter in papi Jo’s garden, a white narcissus plays the starring role. It is the narcissus Narcissus Tazetta ‘Paperwhite Ziva’, also called Narcissus papyraceus ‘Ziva’ (Tazetta Daffodil). It is original with its lengthy name, not only that. Indeed, the world of…

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The memory of plants – 2

Premère floraison en pleine terre, été 2020

Another plant native to the southern hemisphere is present in Papi Jo’s garden, the so-called Kaffir lily, Hesperantha coccinea (former name Schizostylis coccinea). It is supposed to flower from autumn until Christmas and even beyond. In fact, it is in flower at any time it wants. Note.- The term Kaffir…

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