Saturday, 21 May 2011

Around the garden in May

It is so dry here that the garden is struggling, but I am managing to water just enough to keep most things alive.  As I mentioned previously, the large cedar tree is looking as if it has seen better days, so I will be surprised if it recovers.   We did have 3mm of rain on Thursday night, the first for ages, and another 2mm last night; not very much, but every little bit helps.  I have taken a few photos during the month, so here is an update.
This rose is one that I grew from a cutting from our UK garden. The rose was already in place when we bought the house, so I have no idea which variety it is. The perfume is very strong.

Chive from the herb garden.
Sage
The last picking of cherries from our tree.
Two different kinds of Globe Artichoke.

My first courgettes (zucchini); a yellow variety.
Young grapes.
Three red hot chillies and two peppers.
The potatoes are looking good despite the lack of water.
Two aubergine (eggplant);on the right chard and onions.
Jerusalem Artichoke (Topinambour) on the right, tomatoes behind and young pumpkin plants sheltering under the tiles, they need protection from the very hot sun. 
Tomatoes, potatoes and grapes are all sprayed with copper sulphate to prevent blight; you can see the blue tinge here.
You can see how my poor gardenia is struggling due to lack of water. There are many flowers, but they are very dry looking, small and not opening properly.

Please note that I am off to the UK next week for 8 days to celebrate my father-in-law's 90th birthday. On my return to France, I have visitors for most of June.  I will do as many posts as possible, but I may not have time to visit everyone.  You will not be forgotten and I will try to keep up when I can.
Thank you one and all for all your kind comments; I really do appreciate your visits.

87 comments:

  1. Lovely photos of your garden flowers.
    I hope the trip back to the UK and the birthday bash both go ok.

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  2. Nice pictures!
    May is always a great month for flowers and the Garden.
    I wish you all the best for the next days;and many greetings to your father in law:90 is really a great age.

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  3. I do hope the weather gets wetter soon for it'd be a pity for your lovely garden not to bloom at its fullest. That rose blossom looks like it has a heavenly fragrance! :)

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  4. Wow! We have had too much rain, and only recently it has slowed down enough for me to plant seedlings. Only my fava are thriving. My roses have not bloomed yet. Do pick and cook your artichokes or they'll be too tough when you return. Happy Birthday to the lucky 90nth!

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  5. Thanks Jean, I also hope all goes OK. Masses to be done in the week I am back there so hope we get everything done! Diane

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  6. You have a lovely garden Diane. What a beautiful rose!

    Hope you have a super time at the party.
    90 is a very special occasion.
    Best wishes
    Gaynor

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  7. Thanks Andrea, I will tell my FIL that he has good wishes from Italy, as you say 90 is a great age. He is still very fit and healthy and lives on his own. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  8. Life for Beginners, I also hope we get rain very soon and I hope there will be some while I am away! That rose is very special, I must try and find out what it is. Diane

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  9. Oh diane, how I wish I can have a garden! But at least, I managed to grow some green plants in pots. Hope you're having a terrific weekend.
    Blessings,
    Kristy

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  10. Your poor garden really looks like it is struggling. Enjoy your time with family. We'll be here when you return. Not to worry:-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  11. WOW Diane your crops look superb, and I thought I was ahead of the game. have a great party.

    Steve aka Mr TK

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  12. Rosaria, artichokes are already cut and steamed, the photos were just taken at the last minute! I will pass the greetings on to my FIL, many thanks. Diane

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  13. GaynorB thanks for the comments, yes I love that rose but I really need to find out what it is! I agree 90 is quite special, I am sure all will go well. Diane

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  14. Kristy I am so lost with the very tiny garden we have in the UK, certainly no room to grow much other than the rose! I love my vegetable garden and enjoy the results though this year I may not have as much to eat from it as usual!! Diane

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  15. Thanks Mary for your kind comments, I do miss you all though when I am short of time but c'est la vie! I will pop in when I have the time. Take care Diane

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  16. Steve I feel as if I am behind as I have been so busy this year. I am also always wary of a May frost which we get so often. This year has just been too hot and dry though. Hopefully when I get back from the UK, although I have visitors, I can get a few more plants into the garden. Have a good day. Diane

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  17. Hi Diane,the flowers and herbs looks stunning! Funny I never think of it being dry enough in Europe to have you thinking of losing plants due to drought! I always think of it as a place of too much rain! Have a good one!

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  18. Hi Diane .. your garden looks fantastic to me .. :-) :-) you are certainly a busy bee !! Hope that we can catch up with each other when you are over .. Of course we understand how it is when we get busy , family etc , trips too.. look forward to reading all that you do , xoxo Take care Anne

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  19. Liesl, you are right so far as England is concerned but even they have had very little rain this year. Here in France we have one of the sunniest places other than the South of France. I quote "Its mild climate - 2,250 hours of sunshine per year". This year though is particularly dry. Take care, Diane

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  20. Anne just sent you an email! The days are going to be frantic while I am in the UK, there is something on I think everyday other than Sunday at the moment. That will probably also change though. Will phone if I get a chance. Have a good weekend, guess Arnie is in Spain:-( Diane xx

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  21. The pictures are wonderful! Winter seemed to go on for SO long here in Minnesota that just now the earth seems to be full of color like that. So glad to see the rest of the world full of life like that!

    Enjoy yourself while you're away. Hope you have a lovely time with your friends!

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  22. That rose is just beautiful Diane - lovely apricoty colour - I hope you enjoy your time with your Father - that's special his 90th.
    Keep safe and well.xx

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  23. Have a lovely trip back to the UK - I think your garden looks lovely!!! Beautiful photos!!!

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  24. Debbi from what everyone says it seems that the USA in general has been much colder than here. Hope that you are now warming up. Hope to be back soon. Diane

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  25. Dianne thanks for greeting. It is a long drive so I will keep as safe as possible. I am driving in preference to flying so I can bring things back with me. Have a good Sunday. Diane

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  26. Thanks Cate, hope I have a good trip. I just hope my garden manages for a week while I am away! Take care Diane

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  27. Oh!
    What a wonderful color, this rose!
    I can nearly smell its perfume!!
    Your garden is very promising!
    But you must be under water restrictions, I guess?!!
    We have little rain and the problems are limit here, a few kms from here in the Gers, it is already catastrophic!
    Have safe trip back to the UK and fun with the family and friends!
    Love,
    XXXXX

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  28. Hi Diane, for some reason I thought I had already commented here but no, luckily I called by to take what I thought was a second look at your garden to compare to ours. It must just be because of our recent email conversation that I thought this. your tomatoes are way ahead of ours as were your cherries!

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  29. Hi Noushka there are no restrictions at the moment but by the time I get back I fully expect them to be in place! I have never seen the garden so dry, it really is very serious. I am using all the water from the kitchen on the pot plants and even putting a bucket in the shower to catch what I can. Take care Diane xx

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  30. Linda I agree the cherries seem to be well ahead of you but the only reason the tomatoes are, is a friend gave them to me just after arrival. He had surplus from his greenhouse!! The problem now is keeping them alive! Diane x

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  31. What beautiful flowers, fruit and vegetable you have from your garden Diane! I can say that you have better weather at your place than here, just looking at your great pictures. I just like your garden, no matter what! Cheers!!!

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  32. Your garden is gorgeous! As always, an enjoyable photo journey. I wish you have a lovely time with your family and friends!

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  33. michelangelo it depends what you think is better weather! No rain to speak of since the end of March, the farmers are in big trouble. I just hope I can keep the garden alive. The weather forecast does not even think about rain for the next 10 days and this will probably continue.!! Diane

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  34. Thanks Olga I hope the journey goes well, there and back again. I am sure I will have fun with visitors here afterwards. Take care Diane

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  35. Diane I am always so jealous of your large garden. All those beautiful veggies are amazing. I just posted some of the fruit from my yard, I wish I could grow some vegetables too. Just never had luck down here in Florida. I do like that I always have my herbs growing year round though...well pretty much everything grows year round :D

    I love that rose, apricot color roses has always been a favorite of mine and extra special the perfume is strong!

    Have a nice trip and happy birthday to your FIL.

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  36. Hi Diane, thanks for another lovely snapshot of your life in France, the garden is looking great despite lack of rain (Charente may get a drop on Thursday!!).

    It looks as though I have the same rose here in my garden in Dorset - I believe it's called Whiskey Mac (that takes me back!!) but will double check later. Have a good trip and best wishes to the Birthday Boy.

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  37. I love your roses! Do enjoy your return to the UK, and we'll see you in June!

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  38. you have such beautiful roses!
    Have a nice trip and a lot of relax!

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  39. Diane.. U have a beautiful garden,, It should be so relaxing to just look at them.. Love the rose.. And cherries are so red n fresh :)

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  40. Lyndsey, I have always managed to grow good vegetables so long as I have had the room. The house we are in at the moment in the UK is very small and outside is all paved other than one small bed down the side. I have tried container growing but that does not work for me!!
    I also love that rose, the perfume is incredible. Diane

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  41. Jacky thanks for the info, Whiskey Mac sounds a good name to me. I just looked at the Meteo and yes it says possible rain on Thursday, that is the day I will be driving back so I will never know if it rains here!!
    Will pass your good wishes on, thanks. Take care Diane

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  42. Marjie that rose is one of the best i have ever had in a garde which is why I was keen to take cuttings :-) Be back soon. Diane

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  43. Thanks Ola, don't think there will be any chance to relax, so much to do in a short time. take care. Diane

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  44. Mehjabeen Arif, I also love my garden, I only wish I had more time to sit and relax and enjoy. May manage to get there eventually!! Diane

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  45. what lovely flowers and photos! have fun on your trip!

    cheers,
    yas

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  46. I love roses!! And wspecially the ones that have a strong smell! :)
    Lovely photos!

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  47. Thanks Yasmin, I also hope that the trip goes well. Take care, Diane

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  48. Crazy Tourists thank you for visiting my blog. Hope to see you back sometime. That rose is very special to me having grown it from a cutting. The perfume is just fantastic. Take care Diane

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  49. What a beautiful garden - it's a dream! and that rose!! it's SO gorgeous. have a wonderful time in England and we will all be here when you get back!
    Mary x

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  50. Mary I have not gone yet and I am already looking forward to coming back!! Thanks for the kind comments. Diane

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  51. Most I like the roses. But all is nice! LG Tina

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  52. Love the photo of your roses. Such a beautiful coral color. Best wishes to your FIL on his 90th!

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  53. Nice pictures. Have a good trip. Happy birthday to your father-in-law.

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  54. Beautiful garden. We have a small garden here and since its the tropics, it bloomed all year long but the flowers cannot be compared those of the 4 seasons. Enjoy your break :)

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  55. Thanks Tina for your comment and for your visit, I agree the rose is very beautiful, I also like the Chive flower. Take care Diane

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  56. Judy thanks for the good wishes for my FIL will send all the wishes onto him when I see him. Diane

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  57. Christine I hope I have a good trip and for sure I will pass the good wishes on to my FIL. Thanks. Diane

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  58. M.Kate I think I would prefer to be tropical, I am not a great lover of winter at all!! Diane

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  59. Enjoy your time off. In spite of the weather it seems your garden looks good to me.

    We are having the opposite here. Lots of rain. Sunshine is now once every week or two.

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  60. We're having the complete opposite climate here in the states... too much rain and not enough sun. Want to trade? =)

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  61. Hi Diane, I have just dropped by to see your garden again. I just love it! Cheers!!!

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  62. Peggy yes I will trade happily, if we split the rain between both of us maybe we will still both have enough :-) Diane

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  63. michelangelo thanks so much I just hope we get rain to keep it going. Cheers Diane

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  64. Votre jardin est superbe! Bravo pour tout ce travail minutieux , Diane.
    Bonne visite à votre famille, profitez-en bien. La famille est bien plus importante que tout!

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  65. Such lovely photos! It's great to see garden coming into life in spring :-)

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  66. Hope you enjoy the birthday celebrations! Your garden photos are lovely - sorry to hear you are not having enough rain, though.

    Really enjoyed the earlier post about all the vintage cars. They are magnificent1

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  67. Oh Diane those photos are stunning, so tempting to paint them, the veg and the herbs. Your garden looks hard work but I am sure you enjoy it very much and sorry about the rain...maybe I will send some over from Ireland for your garden! Enjoy the birthday party and best wishes to your father-in-law!

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  68. Wonterful photos of flowers !
    I wish you Bon Boyage and Happy Birthday for your
    father !!
    He is always well!!!
    Amities

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  69. What a lovely garden and beautiful pictures. We'll send you the rain we're having here. Have a great summer.

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  70. i wish i could plant like you. But if i plant, i think they will struggle more than the few ones that look here! Have a good time !

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  71. How lovely...I especially love your garden roses. Aren't garden roses sweet? I love them so much more than florist roses...

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  72. Dear Diane: I've been quite busy myself these days, so I haven't been visiting as much as I would like, but the important thing is to keep in touch, take your time, we'll be around.

    Too bad your lacking water, so are we, no kidding with the climate changes. I just loved your rose, that colour is lovely. Big hug

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  73. Maria I agree, I love watching my garden come to life, I just hope we get some water to keep the life going!! Diane

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  74. Karen glad you enjoyed the cars. Sure the birthday will go well. Take care. Diane

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  75. Dolly I love that picture of the chives, I wish I could paint well enough!! Please send me over some rain I will be very happy with it :-) Diane

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  76. Thanks Magda I will pass on the greetings on I am sure they will be appreciated. Diane

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  77. MARCO PASHA thanks so much for you visit, great to 'meet' you. I am looking forward to the rain arriving :-) Take care Diane

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  78. Lena I am lucky with my garde, I do have a few disasters but not many. The problem now though is the lack of water!! Diane

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  79. Indie.Tea florist roses never seen to have any perfume, I will stick to my ones from the garden, love them Diane

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  80. Pam you are right so long as we keep in touch from time to time that is great. We are all busy with other things as well. Great to hear from you. Look after yourself Diane xx

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  81. Beautiful blooms and nice harvest, that's a treat! I love your flowers and zucchini Dianne!

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  82. chubskulit, thanks, the roses are lovely, I still need to confirm their name!! Diane

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  83. Cherries and artichokes in your garden ... You're a lucky girl ! ;o)

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  84. Hélène we have the best cherry tree ever, it is always laden with fat juicy fruit, yummy. The artichokes seem to be doing well this year, surprising as it is so dry....... Diane

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  85. Wow, Diane!!

    Things are are sure coming along nicely here!! I'd love to take a tour through your garden!! And bring a bag along with me, too!! ; )

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  86. Leesa when everything is ready, if it grows with no rain you are welcome to bring your bag ! Diane

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