THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (2)

Today is about the houses and flowers. Most people there have flowers on their balcony’s or near the front door, as we were there in September many of them looked a bit tatty cos of the drought and the ban to use water. But nevertheless the houses still looked stunning.

Hanging geraniums are quite drought resistant.

VERY OLD ROOF TILES MADE OF BASALT THAT FORMED WITH VULCANIC ERUPTIONS ABOUT 8 MILLION YEARS AGO
THESE ARE THE MODERN DAY TILES THEY USE FOR NEW HOMES
VIEW ON AUBENAS
FIRST SIGNS OF AUTUMN, PARTHENOCISSUS OR RED IVY, THE PLANT TURNS BRIGHT RED IN AUTUMN.
PRETTY AS A PICTURE, THOSE FLOWERS COMBINED WITH THE PINK WALL.
THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER CALLED THE ARDECHE.

THE SWIMMINGPOOL OF OUR B&
THESE LITTLE LIZARD WAS EVERYWHERE ON THE WALLS
LOVED THIS HOUSE WITH THE PINK WALLS

THE ROSES WERE GONE OFCOURSE BUT THEY LEFT A LOT OF BOTTLES FOR THE BIRDS

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND !!

ALWAYS PRETTY

Passionflower alias passiflora caerulea is a very easy climber but it selfseeds everywhere in the garden. The caerula is the most winterhardy of them all. The flower is so pretty, they only open for one day and then it starts making the fruit, after a while you get a yellow oval fruit, so you always have buds, flowers, green unripe fruit and yellow ripe fruit. I cut them back really hard each year as they can grow 6 meters long (19 feet) per season. But I love to have it in my garden.

passiflora caerulea or passionflower

This one is growing in an evergreen bush.

Have a great weekend all and thanks for your visit.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

My Guirlande D’amour rose is in bloom and my whole garden smells of roses at the moment. Guirlande D’amour is a rambler rose, half double, snow white and has a lovely delicate smell. I have this rose in my garden for about 20 years now and she is beautifull when in bloom. I give it a cut in Autumn, just the longest branches and then in Spring it gets a good cut and a bit of dried cow manure, thats it. It keeps blooming till the frosts come, not as much as it blooms in June though.

MY GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR 2 WEEKS AGO
MY GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR TODAY
GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR TODAY, RESTING ON A WOODEN BOW

You can’t see anything of the wooden bow as it is completely covered by the rose. This rose is also the favorite place for birds to make their nest in and for the bees of course, they just love it. And so do I.

Have a great day and thanks for your visit.

PASSION FLOWER GOING WILD

I have 2 passionflower plants in my garden, the passiflora caerulea and the passiflora constance eliott. But the caerulea is comming up everywhere, the birds like to eat from the passionfruit and drop seeds in the garden and  voilà,you have a strong growing new plant, they are everywhere, despite the heathwaves we have had.

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THIS IS THE PASSIFLORA CAERULEA

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WE CAN’T KEEP UP REMOVING THE NEW PLANTS.( here he made himself a home in a bush)

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(here he found a nice place in an ivy)

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(and here he seeded himself under a tree in a big tongue fern)

IT IS DEFINITELY A PLANT FOR THE NOT SO GREENFINGERED AMONGST US !!

Have a great day !