Walk: Col de Montclard – Trabesson – Armand – Col de Montclard

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A beautiful morning walk from the nearby Col at 850 metres up to Trabesson at 1053 metres. We came upon a deer in a field on the way up, but it kicked and sped away as soon as it heard us. Last time we did this walk the trees (almond??) around Armand were in full blossom, only budding today. Both the Mont Dore and the Puy Mary were clearly visible topped with snow.

When we returned to the Col we met another walker who was walking through every local commune a total of over 1000 km!

April sowings

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April is here and its bright, warm and sunny. We have been sowing seeds most days, according to the relevant moon dates for the different seeds.

The flowers have all come from rather wonderful Ben at The Higgledy Garden, whose seeds gave us a fabulous display last summer.  We tried an autumn sowing and overwintering the seedlings to very little success. So we have sown a new batch this spring. (Bupleurem, Calendula, Corncockle, Cornflower, Feverfew, Foxglove, Hesperis, Nigella, Phacelia, Scabiosa, Sunflower.)

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These are all now in our new serre – courtesy of Lidl!

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We have finished constructing and filling the raised beds and have put some to use immediately for shallots and beetroot. Meanwhile in the shed we have pea, squash, courgette, kale and lettuce seedlings coming through. I’ve tried to learn from last years lettuce glut and have sown six modules every couple of weeks to spread the harvest out.

This Sunday is a moon planting date for potatoes so our early “Mona Lisa”s will be planted out. They are looking very healthy after chitting for a few weeks in the shed.

After the potatoes the next to be planted out will be the peas. Though we will have to keep a sharp eye on the weather for frost and fleece them over if any is forecast.

Weekly photo challenge: reflections

 

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Chateau de Cormatin

We visited the Chateau de Cormatin last July while on holiday in Burgundy. It was a hot and sultry day ideal for showing off the reflections in the Lac du Miroir.

First of all is the pleasure of discovery here and this pleasure is infinite. You can vary the views by doing a turn round the chateau, walk the promenades to look down on the large central parterre, wander over the grassy paths and identify plants and shrubs that parade for us, follow the shimmering reflections the length of the quiet mirrors of water, discover the old oaks, the avenue of lime trees, the outdoor theatre, cast an admiring eye over the play of colors, which enliven the vegetable garden … Michel Baridon.

March Calendar

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Looking south

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Looking north

The weather is finally on the turn after three weeks of warm sunny days with the maximum temperatures between 17C and 20C . Its returning to a more seasonal 10C tomorrow with rain forecast.

We have got well ahead therefore with preparing beds for spring planting, and constructed four new raised beds with old planks salvaged from the barn. Due to the gardens slope, the placing of the beds involves a spirit level and much fiddling around to get the beds level!

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Signs of spring are now all over the garden. Rhubarb coming through, primroses, wild garlic and bluebells showing. The savoy cabbages are hearting up and the three purple sprouting broccoli that made it through the winter are now beginning to flower.

All in all a better start to the gardening season than last years cold and wet spring, though things could change during April, however I’m going to think positive thoughts!.