11 February 2013

Winter gardening

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?


  1. Tune in next week--- same Bat time, same Bat channel!

  2. Hopefully, all the plants will survive! Spring will be here before you know it!

  3. The snow in these photos looks like the fake stuff they use in the movies. And it looks just like someone sprinkled it on the plants and on the ground.

  4. Have no fear Ken, I'm sure that the plants will be okay....fingers and toes crossed.


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