Bonjour jardin français – Marie Marie tout à fait contraire

So how does your garden grow? It always seems such a wait until we are back in France and can take stock of our jardin français en cours.  And even though Callum was reluctant to travel surrounded by plants, I brought these little babies with us.  At the front of the picture are three little cat mint cuttings (Nepeta).  These cuttings were taken at home about three weeks ago but seem to have rooted nicely.  Then to the left and right of these are two small Jerusalem fig trees that I purchased from Holland via the internet.  These are very young and look very delicate.  To the left and at the back is a Brown Turkey fig cutting from a colleague at work who has this tree in her garden in Knaresborough.  When we took this out of the pot it had lots of roots and looked very healthy.  Finally to the right at the back of the shot is a Rouge de Bordeaux fig tree, purchased from Primrose online garden shop.primrose_co_uk_logo


And as for the French garden!  Although it is a work in progress, it certainly has been growing.  Lots of wet weather in May, June and July has helped.  Gorgeous prunes that are so sweet.  I’ll certainly be making a plum crumble this holiday.


And the self seeded prune trees that we transplanted from underneath the conifers are doing really well.  No fruit yet though.


In fact all the plants we have put in are beginning to show promise.  The Viburnum hedging.


The Brown Turkey fig tree.IMG_3669IMG_3670The Phormium that I originally got from Grandmas neighbour, Joan.IMG_3671The Buddleia.IMG_3672This is the new Rouge de Bordeaux, that we’ve planted at the edge of the pebbled seating area.IMG_3673These are the tiny fig cuttings from Zena.IMG_3675This is a Brown Turkey fig tree from Morrison’s.  Only a twig when I bought it last year.IMG_3676And, oh look!, my Buddha has found a new home.



 The Cypress tree in front of the house is now so big it is starting to lean over and we have had to stake it.IMG_3667The pebble garden was full of weeds but Paul spent three hours weeding it.IMG_3668Some beautiful plants were already established like this stunning Trumpet Vine.IMG_3674View across our vines.IMG_3678Sad to say that this tall Cypress has been a casuality.IMG_3677And I found this lovely image on Pinterest of all the tools needed to create the perfect garden.


6 thoughts on “Bonjour jardin français – Marie Marie tout à fait contraire

  1. Hi all

    Pictures are lovely – save some plums for me please. Everything looks very green and healthy.

    I feel quite exhausted, been watching the table tennis from 4.30 until 10.00. Two semi final matches, Singapore v Nigeria and England v India. Singapore won their match and England beat India. England were two love up and then lost the doubles. Liam Pitchford, after a really good start, managed to win 17-15 in the last end. If he had lost Andrew Baggaley would have had to play Achanta which would have been really difficult for him.

    Bye for now


    Sent from my iPad



  2. Every thing is looking good – we are still in a heat wave here – TOO HOT TO GARDEN.

    Went to Brighouse charity shops – very good – Stefa & I got loads of good stuff – our next visit should be there.


    • Thanks for your comment. Yes I love to grow plants from cuttings and seed too. Only really just started but have some fig trees just starting in France and lots of pomegranate seedlings in the green house back at home in the UK. Only have three fig varieties. Rouge de Bordeaux, Brown Turkey and an Israel fig not quite 120 yet😊


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