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About me

Originally from Lancashire in the UK, we moved to the South West of France in the Summer of 2004 after renovating our house over here in the holidays since 1999. The garden we inherited had once been well loved but had been neglected for years as the previous owners got too old to manage it and the house had been left empty for at least ten years. It was totally covered over with brambles & weeds but we have slowly started to bring it back to life. We have 3.5 acres which (fortunately) consists of a field and wood which can be left to look after themselves most of the time, and some large garden areas around the house which we are currently in the process of trying to bring back to its former glory. The process is slow as everything grows so fast here (especially the weeds!) and the outside of the house still needs work doing to it (knocking off render & repointing) but hopefully we'll get there in the end.

Latest photos

  • Elder in Flower May 2010 (Sambucus nigra (Black Elder))
  • Dogwood in Bloom May 2010 (Cornus sanguinea (Common dogwood))
  • May 2010
  • May 2010

Latest blogs

Au Revoir Honeybees…

Posted on 29 May, 2010 7 comments

Back with a flourish…

Posted on 29 May, 2010 17 comments

Welcome to the Jungle...

Posted on 4 Aug, 2009 10 comments

Latest questions

When can I move Arum italicum (Lords & Ladies)?

Asked on 8 Oct, 2009 4 replies

When is the best time to move Sternbergia lutea?

Asked on 8 Oct, 2009 7 replies

Can you identify this please?

Asked on 6 Aug, 2009 7 replies

What else

Joined in Jun 2009

Country: France

County/State: Aquitane