Gardening in winter around Saint-Aignan is a mostly passive experience. You do more watching and worrying that weeding. Will there be a hard freeze? Will snow cover and smother all the plants, or break their stems?
Persil (parsley), which has taken root in a back-yard planter box
Joubarbe (houseleek or sempervivum), a hardy perennial
Sauge (sage), a bush that was growing here when we moved in 10 years ago
Collard greens (related to kale), which can over-winter in this climate
Artichaut (artichoke), which can survive all but the coldest weather
Will the constant rains drown the plants, or wash them away? Will the lack of sunlight do them in? Finally, will the moles uproot everything as they build their wintertime network of underground tunnels and push up mounds of soil all around the garden and yard?