I’ve mentioned before how I love that the seasons here in France seem to change with the click of the fingers, and this spring was certainly no exception. Last Tuesday we awoke to a covering of snow…..
This last winter has been the mildest we’ve experienced since living in France. We had snow in November which lingered on the ground for weeks and brought us temperatures of -100c, but beyond that the snow never really made an appearance; that which did fall in January and February melted throughout the day to be replaced by more overnight.
Unfortunately the lack of cold temperatures meant we endured a lot of rain, which for days on end turned the garden into a bog and with its constant pelting down brought a multitude of small stones to the surface of the soil.
Fuelled by the sun this weekend I began the big garden clean up. Twigs, branches, leaves and small stones have been gathered up and borders have been tidied. Old Hosta, Crocosmia and Hemerocallis flower stems have been removed to make way for the new growth and many plants have indeed already started growing and budding up.
It wasn’t only me who enjoyed the warmth of the weekend sun. The first bees and butterflies of the year took advantage of the sweet delights of early flowering Hellebore and Primula.
Although I managed to resist the temptation to move a few plants over the weekend (I decided to wait a few weeks longer before doing this due to the morning frosts), I did succumb to my desire to get the French gardening year started and planted a multitude of vegetable and flower seeds in the greenhouse;
Tiny Tim tomato (In heated propagator)
Roma tomato (In heated propagator)
Cerise tomato (In heated propagator)
Maskotka tomato (In heated propagator)
Moneymaker tomato (In heated propagator)
Anaheim chilli (In heated propagator)
Habanero chilli (In heated propagator)
Jalapeno chilli (In heated propagator)
Cayenne chilli (In heated propagator)
Sweet pepper California wonder (In heated propagator)
Sweet pepper Romano (In heated propagator)
Cucumber burpless tasty green (In heated propagator)
Winter squash Uchiki Kuri
Verbena bonariensis (In heated propagator)
In the bed I have in my greenhouse I have sown the season’s first batch of lettuce, spring onions, radish and American land cress.
Finally, the weekend sun meant my big baby, my Gunnera manicata, could be brought out of his winter slumber, and OMG is he going to be huge this year!
The sun is shining over the majority of France for the rest of the week so I hope that you will be able to get out into the garden, and start off your gardening year, please do let me know.