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This post is destined to my students at Lycée Horticole – call it your holiday update:)




orchid hunter




Jul 8, 2014

flowers galore!

This is what we have now as a hedge to keep passers-by off our plot,

after getting rid of our tattered conifer hedge…

It took two years and a particularly hot end of spring / early summer to amount to such bounty!

1. colourful hedge

2. colourful hedge

4. colourful hedge

6. colourful hedge

8. colourful hedge

11. colourful hedge

and last but not least, there is an addition to our family!

This is Prestige de Garlan, Ally’s new beloved friend


04. gros calin

02a. Promenons nous 4 juil 14

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Jul 6, 2014

a garden in the Alps

thank you Sissie for the pics

it seems to have been a lovely walk under the keen eye of the Mont Blanc


DSC_0840- that’s not Sissie, by the way

Sissie would be the one who crawled inside the plants to testify that bees were still present in the Alps!


but why not go and see by yourself?

they have a series of events coming up with summer, music and all

Jun 25, 2014

Easter flowers

while the kids and Mike Lucky Spade were busy hunting for Easter eggs in the garden, I went round to capture the sights of the garden at that time of year.

Very colourful!

By the pond:
















At the back, a riot of colors:

















































Happy Easter!

Apr 22, 2014

Laura’s gems

I loved these tulips now fully open in her garden




Another week, and we shall enjoy our Easter Break, well meritted.

Keep it shining, sushine, we like it like that:)

Apr 12, 2014

we’re back!

It’s been some time I haven’t posted news about the garden

Botanic Bay bowed its head while Mike Lucky Spade and I were debating about future transformations : a new terrace, the pond revamped, and more plants added to the edge.

We had so much rain over the wintry months, I must admit I mostly stayed indoors with the cats!

Now the sun is back, it’s mild and all the plants are bursting to share buds, flowers, leaves. So I grabbed my camera and went round the garden ; here is what I collected:

IMGP57722 ducks watching from a high post!

IMGP5839                                  many tulips, but this dwarf specie in particular, so eye-catching

IMGP5844                            faithful Dicentra,

                            not bothered at all after having been removed from the pond area

                             – currently in stand-by mode, waiting for the ideal spot….

IMGP5846                              promising Acer - big relief to see the leaves appear,

as this tree was transplanted only 3 weeks ago,

part of the new plan for the pond area

IMGP5848                           Old rhodo has decided to be generous this year ;

It’s covered in these complicated flowers!

IMGP5849 Blue poppy-like gem, self sown… :)

IMGP5864                                  Pear tree – any fruit this year, Sir?

                                                            I’m not too bothered, though, I do not like pears….

IMGP5851                             Side overview – we-re getting there!


time for my morning coffee – until next time, bye bye!

Apr 6, 2014

more of Laura’s city garden, undergoing major structural work !

live from Laura’s garden diary !

“Wet weather has stopped the final step. I was going to put a small border between the new seat & deck, but it’s a bit muddy to be digging out the old holly tree, hopefully we might get a dry spell before it gets frosty”

deck in the corner

deck in the corner

deck and rockery

The rocks on the side of the decking link in nicely with the rockery

New arbour seat, waiting for honeysuckle to grow over it next year. Final border will go behind it, leading to deck.New arbour seat, waiting for honeysuckle to grow over it next year. Final border will go behind it, leading to deck.

Old granite seat made great edging as the garden slopes there and rots fencing & log roll!An old granite seat has made great edging as the garden slopes down, to replace the rotten log roll

Tree to come out and make new border. Zachs sandpit is going on the slabs. He says i have to plant ferns in the border so that if he has dinosaurs in the sandpit they have something to eat!!!!!The tree is to come out, then the new border can be completed. Z’s sandpit is going on the slabs.

He says I have to plant ferns in the border so that if he has dinosaurs in the sandpit they have something to eat!!!

Oct 27, 2013