01 September 2014

Summers still here in France.

Although our summer has not been glorious sunshine everyday
and I was not able to give our garden the care it needed
we still have some plants giving us lots of colour.
These  Echinacea  have flowered all summer
 and it looks like they will for a lot longer.
 They will definitely have to be moved to the new flower bed,
as they have taken over this small area smothering the smaller plants
which are now hidden underneath, fighting for a bit of light.

I bet you're wondering why I'm showing these Lobelia growing in the gravel ?
Every year I used to sow Trailing Lobelia seeds in trays,
they would germinate,  start to grow, then shrivel up !
Now I go to the nearest garden centre and buy them fully grown in small pots.
Then every year half way through the summer they pop up in the gravel,
from seeds which must have fallen from the previous year.
I pull them out and put them into my hanging baskets.
They must like the cold moist gravel during the winter.
So much for my tender loving care I give to the seeds I sow.

Iceland Poppy
Last year I acquired two Iceland poppy plants.
They were on the shelf in a little shop and looked like they were almost dead.
 As I had bought a few other plants, I thought I'd ask if I could have the two for the price of one.
It must have been my lucky day, he put them in a bag
and said it was a petite cadeaux / a little gift.

They flowered for quite sometime, then completely disappeared.
Then this summer after thinking they had died
they must have been slowly growing without me knowing what they were,
and now summer is almost over they've decided to flower.
I need to mark there place so that I'll remember for next year.

This is another annual plant that I found growing in the gravel from a fallen seed,
 I pulled it up and popped it into this blue glazed pot so that I can move it about  
and now it adds some bright colour to an other wise dull spot.

Blue Campanula - carpatica
I did plant some white ones, but they don't seem to have survived the wet winter.

 I rescued this on one of my walks from a compost heap.
Perhaps someone had been thinning out their flower bed. I took them home,
not sure what they were until they flowered, then I knew... Osteospernum
I've put them in pots until I'm able to get the proposed flower bed dug out.
 They have flowered on & on all summer.
Being white I need to be put them somewhere that needs lightening up.

Such a pretty flower.
Hibiscus - Adonicus pink.
I've kept this in it's original pot and it's been flowering profusely   
since my stay in hospital. It was a gift from a friend.

It still has lots of buds.

This Fuchsia has such a beautiful flower. Unfortunately I don't know the name.
 I managed to over winter it from a hanging basket I'd bought last year.
It's struggled a bit, but it's now showing some lovely blooms.
 now that summer is nearly over. 
I see from several of my blogger friends gardens that Autumn is certainly here.
I hope some of you can manage to hold on to summer a bit longer, If not,
maybe you have some plants in pots that are still flowering that you can bring indoors.
What ever your weather enjoy your garden.
I know my posts have been few and far between these past few months,
but I'm almost back to my old self.
I have greatly appreciated all the kind get well wishes from so many of you.
I'll be back soon, as  I have something I want to share with you.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

07 August 2014

In the Pink.

My garden is full of pink this summer
I'm also feeling in the pink.

Almost recovered from my surgery.
 I'm  now able to do lots of things which have been on hold
Come with me and enjoy some of my PINK.

Not the usual sort of thing I put in my garden.
This was given to me last year by the Floral committee
 along with my diploma as part of my prize .
Not sure how long this will have a place in my garden !
It's now tucked in a corner till I get used to seeing it.

The only Lily I managed to see.
The Lily bug ate the rest before they were able to bloom.

Welcome to La Petite Maison our holiday rental house.



View from the sun deck. 

Echinacea  (Poupres)

Phlox ( panicilarta )
A present given to me for my new flower bed.
to be created in Autumn.

Wild Foxglove
  Which pop up somewhere different each year.

I hope you enjoyed my Pink mood

I'll leave with a pretty posy
 to enjoy what ever mood you are in.

à bientôt
Barbara Lilian



20 July 2014

Lavender from the garden.

It's Lavender time again and thank goodness I have plenty to pick.
Back in Springtime I didn't think I'd have very much
as we'd had such a long period of rain.
I really will have to think of renewing a lot of my plants.
However I have a good harvest
to be able to make my Lavender posies
Take a look at the old post.



 The 1st picking


 a few ideas of how to arrange some bunches.

 I used fine wire to attach small bunches onto this raffia heart.
A rustic style which I've hung to  dry on the terrace.
Filling the air with it's heavenly perfume.
Which will always remind me of our trip to Provence


Of course there will also be lots of lavender bags.
I hope this will give you a few other ideas
of how to show off your lavender.
I still have a lot to harvest.
so I'll be busy this next week.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

09 July 2014

Sketches... painted of my garden during recooperation time.

Poppy painted on my Nepalese hand made paper.
After trials and errors I now realise
 I have to use more paint and less water.

This one was painted on hand made paper from Solange in the Provence.
When I was there I visited the paper mill where you could see
the process of how the paper was made. I wish I had bought the sheets of paper,
but I had only just started to paint with water colours then
and I only bought a pack of postcards, but I still have a few left.

Our pool, which I've only been looking at over the past few weeks.
and now I am allowed to swim, we have dull rainy weather
and as I'm a sun worshiper and not a keen swimmer
I need a hot sunny day to tempt me.
Our new brightly coloured sun brollies for the pool area
Where we sit for morning coffee.

 A corner of the garden that has given us plenty of colour,
especially the poppies on the left. which have now been removed
ready for some herbaceous plants to take their place.
The roses on the right where beautiful, until we had a terrific storm
 a few days ago and now they've all been battered .
Hopefully we'll get a second lot to flower over the following weeks.


This area is work in progress.
However since my back problem it has been put on hold.
The wall was built in the springtime
 and a few cuttings of Buddleia were literally shoved in,
have grown well and now beginning to give us some colour
along with the never ending butterflies that love it.

I'm now feeling much better so I've been pottering about dead heading,
nothing too energetic for the time being.
 I do start to get carried away and get told off by Mr France
 and made to rest, I must be patient
I'll be so happy when I can get my hands in the earth again,.
I've sketched a lot over the past few weeks.
So I'll be showing you some more soon.
In the meantime I hope you are enjoying lots of warm sunny days in your gardens.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian


27 June 2014

Summer as seen from the terrace.

This is where I've been spending my time, since I've been back home. 
Unfortunately I can't go in the pool just yet. 

Not being able to look after my garden this year
 I scattered some poppy seeds
and this is the result
It's just a shame the flowers don't last very long.
So I've taken lots of photos.
I've also been painting them, in different ways, but you'll have to wait
I'll show those later



Orange Day lilies,
I've tried to get rid of these several times.
but they still keep popping up every year.
Which fortunately is a good thing this year.

I thought you might like to see this corner of the terrace
which has some of things I've found over the years at Brocantes. 

This lovely Fuchsia in a vintage terracotta urn
was given to Mr France by our daughter for fathers day.
I've had this vintage style chair for a long time and never used it to sit in.
It has always been in the bathroom, so had it brought out onto the terrace.
During my short sitting time, I've found it was very comfy and I like it here.
I think I'll leave it on the terrace for the rest of the summer.

Mr France must have taken this while I was absorbed, painting in my sketchbook.

I hope you can find some time to sit and enjoy your gardens.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian