19 & 20 Sept. 2015: 10h – 18h
Our next event in Caunes-Minervois: Planting with Ornamental Grasses
Notre prochain événement à Caunes-Minervois: Comment employer les graminées dans le jardin
We love living among the trees here at Hanbury Botanical Gardens. Here are some photos of some of the many Citrus and Acacias, plus an Albizia. We’ve been eating the Citrus, not all of them taste sweet…, and helping the seed laboratory here to collect and clean the Acacia seeds. Happy Days!
This our first blog from our 3 month stay at the Hanbury Gardens on the French/Italian Coastal border
Now a little walk down through the garden to see some of the wonders of Hanbury and some of the work we have done so far..
From the Salvia terraces down to the sea, unfortunately not accessible from the gardens but gives you an idea of the setting.
Well that’s the first six weeks of our stay, it’s probably going to get a lot hotter and the flowers even brighter for the next six.
This is a short post from Kate that has nothing to do with gardening, except that gardening has taken us along the south of France for 12 months, and I took these photos of old shops, fonts and door knockers along the way!
From left to right. I’ve taken many photos of outdoor laundry pools, ‘lavoirs’, and communal bathhouses, the latter being one of my favourite things about life in Japan.The only bathhouse we’ve seen that is still in use is for the homeless, next to the Montpellier botanical garden. The cinema in the above collage is now used for tai ji. The Pont du Gard is engraved by craftsmen who used it to advertise their name and tools. The tall stone is a road sign indicating the way to St. Hippolyte du Fort. The bridge is in here in memory of Suzanne Robinson, and the brick, like many old bricks and roof tiles, is engraved with the details of the company that manufactured it.
Hairdressers have all the best fonts…
Most of these lovely shops are still trading although we’ve seen quite a few converted into houses with the signs restored.
And possibly my favourite thing to photograph, door knockers of animals, women’s hands and lovely shapes. The town of Auch had the best ones by far.
And to sign off, some terrible showing off with my name in font!
It started in Cornwall at 5am on 1st June 2013, making favours on the day of Chris and Liz’s wedding.
Moving South in July to the Gers, a department in the Midi-Pyrenees, to work on our first French potager:
We are building a garden for an eco-house in a hamlet in the Cevennes. The Cevennes is an area of rolling hills covered in Holm oak (Quercus ilex), White oak (Quercus alba) and Stone pine (Pinus pinea); one-way bridges; vineyards; and a population of wild boar that greatly outnumbers the orange-jacketed hunters and their howling dogs.