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Living in France – October & November in the Garden

Living in France

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts 2017

Why not make this year the year you ‘get involved’?

Now, at the start of its fifth year, Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts is continuing to develop and extend into more and more départements throughout France. Although the association only started in 2013 with 4 gardens, there are now over 100 gardens to view in France, all […]

Looking good in the Garden . . .

this month’s recommendations from Le Jardin Champetre

Lighting up the garden in the evening sun is Miscanthus ‘Adagio’. It is a compact clump-forming grass with bronze-pink flowers fading to white and prefers a spot in full sun or partial shade. Ours were planted this spring and are being watered weekly over this dry summer but […]

In the Garden – March

by Gill Pound

At the time of writing we have had an reasonably mild winter, although we should still be prepared for cold weather into March.

But, so far everything in the garden is advancing and I even saw my first almond blossom on the 30th Jan. In general, March […]

In the garden – January

by Gill Pound

It has been another incredibly mild December and many plants that would normally be dormant by now are still in flower, and many spring flowerers are coming into flower early. The mild weather should mean that for those of us who risk growing citrus trees it should be a […]

In the garden – December

by Gill Pound

November was exceptionally warm and dry but as I write these notes it does seem as though winter has arrived, snowfall in the Pyrenées and the first frost forecast for Caunes-Minervois this week.

However, unless the ground is actually frozen there is still time to plant […]

In the garden – November

by Gill Pound

November is the perfect time to plant most trees, shrubs and perennials. Your French neighbours will tell you that “A la Sainte Catherine (the 25th November), tout bois prend racine”

Note that slightly tender plants such as bougainvillea, perennial Morning Glory (Ipomea) or plumbago are best […]

In the garden – October

by Gill Pound

At the time of writing we have had a little rain which has at least refreshed the garden. Many of the summer flowering perennials and shrubs are beginning to look a little tired but the ‘Mexican’ sages (salvias) which are among my favourite plants are still […]

September’s Newsletter from Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts, Progress Indeed . . .

by Mick Moat

A couple of days ago, a letter arrived in the midday post with a cheque inside. There’s nothing particularly stunning about that event in itself, except that this particular cheque took the total raised so far in 2015 to over 11,000€.

This is, by any standard, an incredible result and, had Open […]

Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts – Why not become a coordinator for your area?

Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts

by Mick Moat

Raising money for charities in France

Meeting generous-spirited people and looking at beautiful gardens in the knowledge that you are also helping French charities is a delightfully rewarding way of spending your leisure time.

Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts is a French association, based on the National […]