I’m going to begin this gardening blog with a picture of a gorgeous pooch. Aaawwwwwgghhh!!!!!!!!!!
And now to the garden and the plants.
This Phormium, I brought from our home in the UK. We have a large plant at the front of the house in the UK which came originally from a few leaves that appeared in my mother in laws, neighbours garden. She wanted the large leaves digging out and I asked if I could have them, I hoped it would be a Phormium, and it was and is. In the UK and now in France.
I’m still buying plants and I have the workers to plant them. Tee hee, well grandma and Paul. JOKING. The garden was such a blank canvas and because we have to leave them before they are established, we’re willing each tree or shrub to survive and grow quickly and so fill the space. Unfortunately, the soil is clay and close to the house it’s very wet and boggy and then when the rain stops, in the summer, it bakes solid. So plants have to be very adaptive to these conditions to survive. Still some plants really thrive. So this trip we planted a white flowering Viburnum. The bottom right picture is of a Wisteria that we purchased here in August last year. So I wasn’t sure it would make the winter, but it has.
The top image is of a series of small box bushes that we have planted at the edge of our pebble garden. These bushes were purchased from Lidl in Pineuilh for 1.60 Euros each, I thought this was really good value. They may not survive though, as it is so boggy in this part of the garden. Fingers crossed. I purchased a common Lilac tree from the plant stall at Duras market. This is very small but has already started to flower.
I also purchased a Yew tree. Birds love the berries. The Red Robin was a cutting that I took from somewhere here in France, I can’t remember where exactly.
I want these gates.
And I close with another picture of our lovely Bella.