With the arrival of the warm weather there is an explosion of blooms everywhere! In my garden the roses are particularly good this year, and Mme Meilland (also called Peace) is really going for it. She starts of with a tame and decorous bud of the palest yellow, with splashes of pink along the edges of the petals, but once fully open she turns into one of the blowsiest roses you’ve seen, just amazing! That rose always reminds me a bit of some of the hats the Queen Mother was famous for at one time.
With the help of two friends I spent most of Wednesday gardening, trying to catch up! Between the three of us we managed to get a fair bit done: weeded and butted the potatoes (lots of tasty purslane in there – edible weeds which are good for you!), planted aubergines, peppers, chilis, melons and courgettes, and did a lot of other general weeding and clearing up. As you’ll see the in the picture, watering in my garden is mostly done by gravity. There is a canal system which brings water into the village and so long as I level the earth well enough I can just let the water run along the rows of plants! This morning I managed to get lettuce, beetroot and onions planted, as well as carrots and parsnips sown and watered in – it’s slowly taking shape!
Earlier in the week on a visit to Bize Minervois I came across these charming sights. Above the door you can just about see that something was once written there – could it have been CAVE? But what was the rest?? The street signs in Bize Minervois are all individually hand-made by a ceramicist and they look delightful! Placette St Genies is the home of Les Remparts, and the picture with the wonderful irises and roses was taken in the garden of Le Figuier – both holiday homes for rent (a few weeks only remain at each for this season!)
On the way back to St Chinian I just had to stop to snap this for you. It’s Valerian (Centranthus Ruber) in its red and white form. Valerian seems to grow very well in our area, and right now forms great big patches of pink in areas. When combined with the yellow broom it is simply stunning. The poppies this year have put on a good show, but not quite as spectacular as the ones in Monet’s painting of the poppy field in Argenteuil, perhaps next year?
Last Sunday I stopped at Villespassans for their annual fete – a charming affair with a small brocante (flea market), some old cars and a number of stalls selling artisan made products and wine. The field next to the old cars was home to hundreds of Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis Pyramidalis) and there was some cistus and broom blooming as well. The birds were singing all around and the sun shone – what more could I possibly want? The top of the bell tower in Villespassans always looked pretty interesting from afar. But looking at the close-up I noticed a raft of aerials and last year’s Christmas decorations – ho hum…
A walk around St Chinian brought some more delights: Yellow irises growing alongside a stream (there are masses along parts of the Canal du Midi), a white climbing rose on a fence, a wild cherry beginning to ripen and some Spanish broom caught in the evening light. May really is one of the best months to spend in Languedoc!!
Versatile Blogger Award
A few weeks ago I was nominated by Peri from Peri’s Spice Ladle for the Versatile Blogger Award – I was very surprised and deeply honored – THANK YOU Peri!! Peri writes wonderfully about Indian food and I enjoy her blog a great deal!
The Rules of Acceptance:
Thank the person who gave you this award
- Include a link to their blog
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly (I’ll go for 10)
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
- In the same post, include this set of rules.
- Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award