Here are a few photos showing how my garden is progressing after its very slow start, following the coldest winter in about 60 years. The winter was followed by a late frost in May, which took out almost all the blossom on the fruit trees. The cold snap also meant an absence of bees! I thought that the quince had not produced any fruit, but I have managed to track down a few, in between the leaves and all very high up. We also have one mirabelle plum tree with some fruit on it, while the other 3 are bare!
The 'Mushroom Garden' has taken ages for anything to flower in it, but the lavender is looking good, together with a few yellow calendula. Because this bed is in full sun, I have not planted anything which needs too much water. There are a lot of cactus and succulents planted around the perimeter of the bed, but they are not yet big enough to be noticeable in the photo. Next year I hope they will all multiply!!
In other parts of the garden there are various flowers in mixed beds
The top two are cosmos, the left hand one with a bee in the centre.
Bottom left is a shot of the cactus flowering in the 'mushroom garden' and bottom right is hibiscus.
Love-in-a-Mist on the left, Lavender top right and the flowers of the herb oregano bottom right.
Sunflower on the left, calendula top right and courgette (zucchini) bottom right. The birds have eaten most of the sunflower seeds!!
Climbing rose top left, pinks top right, zinnia bottom left and my unknown rose with the amazing perfume bottom right.
My Stargazer, which happily survived underground in the cold of winter and it is now putting on a beautiful display, which will last for a week or so.
Hydrangeas at the back, partly hiding the neighbour's horrible barn wall (!!) with what I think are single chrysanthemums in front, and a few lone poppies. The insects really love this bed!!
A bed of calendulas, zinnias, cosmos,with pampas grass at the back and a small holly right in the front. We cut and burnt back the pampas in the spring, as it was getting too big - all now under control!
Apples top left,there are a very few this year, grapes top right, hazel nuts bottom left and we have at last a few small figs, bottom right.
Round courgettes top left, Italian plums top right, pepper bottom left and round yellow courgette bottom right.
Haricot beans, as they are called here in France (French beans in the UK) on the left, marrow top right and chard bottom right.
A bed of courgettes (zucchini) and pumpkins taking up at least half of the vegetable garden and climbing the anti-rabbit perimeter fence. They are really running wild in the sun!! You can see some haricot beans between the two.
See also - My Life Before Charente updated 04 August 2012
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