Tag Archive: around the garden

garden jewels

We are currently in the middle of a heatwave, which I do not enjoy, but that some of my garden buddies do lov…

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my little piece of heaven

Late spring is a very enjoyable moment of the year in the region I live in (departement of Hérault, if you look on a map, southern France). Early autumn as well, by the way.

We worked our butts off at the end of winter & at the beginning of spring, for transforming one corner of our garden into a much more beautiful & enjoyable one. And we succeeded. And we are happy and proud of ourselves as well. I grew up having a garden, but didn’t realize back then how wonderful it was. Now I do understand. And I try to spend every possible moment outside, even simply for hanging my laundry to dry (another thing that makes me happy & that I longed for for so many years !!). I’m so glad to get out & sit in my little piece of heaven !

I’ve grown ipomoeas from seeds & some of them are expanding exponentially ! I loooooove seeing these blue flowers pop every morning !

The photos above are from the front yard, and the photos below are in a back yard corner that was really neglected by the previous owners. Now this is the view (photo below) I get everytime I enter this little corner ! (we’ve added the bamboo fence too, and I think it has now a Japanese feeling to it) Just lovely, isn’t it ? Can you notice the slightly different hue of blue ?

Now let me wish you all a beautiful weekend ahead (soon). I hope you enjoy seeing these photos as much as I enjoy my garden ! Please if you don’t have the time to comment (or are unable), please consider clicking the little heart ♥ below ⤵︎ so that you know you stopped by & liked what I posted. (otherwise how could I know someone still visits this blog ?) Thanks a lot for your time & kindness.

xo

Sonia

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around the garden – early June

This spring’s been pretty full, first with the garden landscaping (by ourselves), then with my mom moving to …

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see my seedlings !

Except for the last years’ little windowsill urban gardening (growing chives, basil etc), I never grew anything from seeds. Then this spring, I’ve started with radishes, and then cherry tomatoes, mild chilis, ipomoeas, and very lately, cosmos & per…

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I prefer flowers to hackers

… but, sincerely, who wouldn’t ?! This is just a silly title but my cup is full this morning : my shop…

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the joy of growing and picking your own

On April 04th, I have sowed a first batch of pink radish (organic) seeds. I’ve watered them twice a day (beca…

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Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’

Salix integra (aka “dappled willow” in English) is a specie of willow native to China, Japan & Korea. The cultivar ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ (the one I have purchased & that you can see here) is grown for its variegated foliage, the leaves strongly mottled with patches & blotches of white and pale pink. For this reason, in French it is called “shrimp willow” (“saule crevette” en français).

How could I resist such a lovely foliage, seriously ?! I was very happy to bring it back home this past Monday !

Do you have a garden ? Have you planted a tree or flowers that you had never before ? I’d love to know !

ox

Sonia

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Acer palmatum Deshojo

If you know me a little, it’s no secret that I am interested in lots of areas of Japanese culture. And so is …

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kiss-me-quick

That’s a pretty funny title for a post dedicated to a pretty lovely flower I have decided to include in our brand new flower bed !

“Kiss-me-quick” actually are Centranthus ruber (Valériane rouge en français), a plant that is native of the Mediterranean region, and which can grow from walls, therefore pretty much everywhere. I love their height, their structure & their color. I hope they’ll prosper in our garden !

I wish you all a delightful weekend ahead ! We’ll be voting for our new president here in France.

ox

Sonia

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a garden as a gift to yourself

A really strong & cold wind is blowing from the north on this day I turn a year older. It is really sunny…

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tropical splash of color

After an almost summery week (yes, in March !), I got inspired this past Monday to go to a nursery & get …

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simply drops

Hi everyone ! I am not sure where all the days have gone since my last post … Well, spring has already spru…

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to the rescue

On Sunday morning, after having breakfast, I went back to bed for a little relaxing. Hubby was away but the boys were home with me. I heard a bang, which I first thought was my youngest playing with a soft (fabric) ball, and that it had hit the bay win…

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around the garden – late September

It’s been an incredibly filled month of September ! So many new things to get used to, so many new things to discover, so many things to enjoy while it was still summer ! Swimming outdoors until now is something totally new to us, and we’ve been enjoyi…

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indoor and outdoor Pitou

Adjusting to a new home while doing our best to keep Pitou (our cat) indoors for three whole weeks was quite a task ! He needed to get used to the inside of his new house & make it HIS home before he could go outside & make it ITS garden ! So d…

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Mediterranean episode

Between September & December, after several months of boiling hot temps & not a drop of water, the French mediterranean coast (well, mostly the Languedoc where I live), is prone to occasional (yet sometimes devastating) episodes of very strong rains in the plains. And since they usually happen after several months of drought, the soil is not ready for welcoming water because a hard crust has been created on top, preventing water from going further down.

Yesterday the whole region was under orange aler “thunderstorm” with heavy rain. And that’s what happened. Two days ago it was above 30°C (during the day), and after a day like yesterday, the temps dropped to 14°C by night. I tried to capture some photos from the comfort of our home. But we’ve had some damage done to the swimming pool engines (ugh), so it was not really a relaxing & cozy day yesterday (nor today).

almost a tropical feeling to these palm trees ...

almost a tropical feeling to these palm trees …

the garden turned into a giant pool ! So much rain !

the garden turned into a giant pool ! So much rain !

we had to flush to the swimming pool twice in order to avoid spilling over (and getting soil into the pool !) - I love this photo though !!

we had to flush to the swimming pool twice in order to avoid spilling over (and getting soil into the pool !) – I love this photo though !!

shower party for the herbs !

shower party for the herbs !

After 6pm the sky seemed to clear, but it actually didn’t & it started all over again, ugh ! Anyway. These kinds of days are not really nice. And yet, we were at home, not on the roads ! Thank goodness !

ox

Sonia

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around the garden – mid September

I never thought I’d be able to say that so soon : “around the garden” … my garden !!! How excited I am, you just can’t imagine !

It’s not yet like I think I imagined it (or dreamed it, you get the idea), of course, since we’ve moved here only 2 weeks ago. There’ll be lots of work in order to know what we want it to be, what we can actually grow (we’re in quite a hot Mediterranean climate, though not in Africa !), and of course what we can actually afford ! (because there’ll be some work to be done indoors as well , and money can’t go everywhere at the same time !)

But in the meantime, I’m walking around my garden, discovering it, making new/tiny lil friends. Here are some snapshots that I wanted to share with you today. Until today it’s been almost as hot as in the heart of summer (above 30°C every day, around 20°C at night), but I’ve heard rain is on the way, and autumn should be coming soon … I hope so !!

Ivy (too) happily growing around a little waterfall we have ...

Ivy (too) happily growing around a little waterfall we have …

... which is happily inhabited by Freddie the frog ! Yep, my guys named him/her Freddie ! LOL

… which is happily inhabited by Freddie the frog ! Yep, my guys named him/her Freddie ! LOL

palm trees give the garden quite a Miami feeling (that's pretty weird, actually !)

palm trees give the garden quite a Miami feeling (that’s pretty weird, actually !)

a little gecko (I think) hanging around the house (outside)

a little gecko (I think) hanging around the house (outside)

I hope this blog post finds you happy & healthy & joyfully transitionning to the next season, whatever it may be for you ! Thanks a lot for stopping by !

ox

Sonia

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