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Kitchen worktops - granite & quartz - pros…

Carrying on in the series on work tops, Helen Heslop of Le Studio des Artisans explores the advantages and disadvantages of Granite and Quartz work tops. GRANITE A granite work top is often seen as the ultimate luxury in work tops! It does however…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 12

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Should I have a wood worktop? Pros and Cons

Carrying on in the series on kitchen work tops, Helen Heslop of Le Studio des Artisans explores the advantages and disadvantages of Wooden work tops. WOOD Wooden work tops instantly add a warm, natural and cosy feel to any kitchen and they have the advantage…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 14

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Love potions or pollinators ?

Eyngium (Sea Holly), was used in the 18th century as a love potion. In folk medicine…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 30

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Help! Which work top should I select?

Part One Often the choice of your new kitchen work top is a difficult decision.…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 23

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Hardy sage

Imogen Checketts from Le Jardin Champêtre has sent us some photos…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 3

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Five quick tips to give your kitchen a makeover

You do not have to fork out a fortune to give your kitchen a face-lift. Below are…

LanguedocLiving, May 26

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Alliums in bloom

Imogen Checketts has sent us some pictures of Alliums in bloom at the moment. The…

LanguedocLiving, May 19

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Early flowering ornamental grasses

Two ‘cool season’ ornamental grasses in flower at the moment, are Sesleria…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 1

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Euphorbias

Imogen Checketts from Le Jardin Champêtre is back after the rains, with some…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 11

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A Persian garden

The controversial gardener has brushed off his winter blues, and is back with some…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 18

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Fragrant Flowers for February

After the long cold spell, it’s time to welcome some fragrant flowers for…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 4

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Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts: Getting involved

You may have read our recent articles about Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts.…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 14

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Winter colours

Before the serious frosts set in next week, Imogen Checketts has sent in these colourful…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 14

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Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts: 2016 and beyond

In the first article about Open Gardens we explained the concept of the…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 7

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Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts

Open Gardens/Jardins Ouverts (OG/JO) may not be a term that is understood by many…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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Achillea crithmifolia

This week we are featuring two different plantings of Achillea crithmifolia, a tough…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 3

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The ceps from Lozère are scarce and expensive

A very dry summer means a disaster for fans of ceps. Last week in Lozère,…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 14

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Garden visitors

This week, Imogen Checketts has captured a couple of visitors to her garden. The…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 7

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Fountain Grasses

If you have enough room in your garden, grasses are a great addition. They make…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 24

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Late august flowers – looking good!

Two lovely plants to have in your garden at the moment, are Dianthus carthusianorum…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 27

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Cupid’s dart

Catananche caerulea (Cupid’s dart) is a Mediterranean native perennial that…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 6

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Cardoon

Cynara carduncuus (Cardoon) is out in flower at the moment. A close relative of…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 15

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Soft blues and purples

Some of the softer colours in our gardens, heaths and fields at the moment are shown…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 2

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'The Good Life'

By The Controversial Gardener I too watched that brilliant comedy, The Good Life.…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 18

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Purple Haze

Salvia nemerosa 'Caradonna' has deep indigo-violet spikes, which are a vivid haze…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 4

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Wild flowers in May

Wild flowers are often cultivated for inclusion into gardens. Here are two lovely…

LanguedocLiving, May 28

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Fruit not ships in bottles

Have you seen the bottles of alcohol on the shelves, which contain a whole fruit?…

LanguedocLiving, May 28

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A dedicated band of botanists

By The Controversial Gardener   The adventurers of the 14th and 15th century,…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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Spring flowers

Imogen Checketts and Kate Dumbleton are creating an exciting new garden and nursery…

Le Figaro, Apr 30

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Spare a thought for the poor old caterpillar

By The Controversial Gardener. Spare a thought for the poor old caterpillar …

LanguedocLiving, Mar 17

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The Mediterranean garden

By The Controversial Gardener   We came to the Languedoc fifteen years ago…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 11

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Container gardening, part two

Last month we talked about some of the general principles of container gardening…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 11

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A change of pace

Nicola Barthelemy always dreamed of living and working in France, so luck would…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 4

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In the garden – March

In general, March is a month when we have longer days, and there is lots to do in…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 4

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Container gardening

I have been asked to write something about container gardening as part of these…

La Petite Pépinière, Feb 12

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In the garden – February 2016

The beginning of February often still seems like a quiet time of the year in the…

La Petite Pépinière, Jan 29

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In the garden – January

It has been another incredibly mild December and many plants that would normally…

La Petite Pépinière, Dec 31

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In the garden – December

November was exceptionally warm and dry but as I write these notes it does seem…

La Petite Pépinière, Dec 5

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Splashes of Colour

There are still splashes of late colour in the gardens, dispite the recent rains…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 6

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In the garden – November

November is the perfect time to plant most trees, shrubs and perennials. Your French…

La Petite Pépinière, Oct 30

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October in the garden

At the time of writing we have had a little rain which has at least refreshed the…

La Petite Pépinière, Sep 5

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Pairing up perennials and grasses

Pairing up perennials and grasses is a nice creative way of adding more depth and…

La Petite Pépinière, Sep 18

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In the garden – September

The end of summer can be a time when there is a lack of colour in gardens, but looking…

La Petite Pépinière, Sep 5

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More drought-tolerant plants

Here are two more plants for you to consider if you are looking for drought-tolerant…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 7

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In the garden – August

At the time of writing these notes we have had an exceptionally warm and dry summer;…

La Petite Pépinière, Aug 1

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Are you looking for drought-tolerant plants?

With the scarcity of water, and the recent bans on watering, it’s important…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 23

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Surviving in the heat wave

The current heatwave is proving to be too much for some plants. Here are some ornamental…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 10

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Water: a resource to be conserved

There is already talk about potential water problems this summer since April &…

La Petite Pépinière, Jun 26

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In the garden – July

Summer tends to be a quieter time in the garden. There’s watering and weeding…

La Petite Pépinière, Jun 26

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Passionate about passionflowers

Who knows what creates an interest or a passion? Sometimes these are mere whims…

Reader, Jun 19

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Attracting bees and insects

When it comes to your flowers, bee pollination is so important. You will definitely…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 19

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In the garden - June

We have commented in recent months on a number of the most well known herbs and…

La Petite Pépinière, May 29

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The saints are late

It’s funny to be writing about sun and ice in the same week, but that’s…

LanguedocLiving, May 16

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In the garden – May 2015

Continuing with our theme about useful and edible plants; this month we will be…

La Petite Pépinière, May 8

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Gardening snippets

Two flowers that are looking lovely at the moment; they are undemanding, and both…

La Petite Pépinière, May 8

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Vegetable cornucopia – field pea

Today’s information and photos come from Dutch Languedoc Living reader Bert…

Reader, May 1

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Treecreepers

Languedoc Living reader Mary Hawkesworth is back, with some of her beautiful wildlife…

Reader, Apr 24

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Scilla peruvians

Another bulb to brighten up your spring borders is Scilla peruvians, the Portuguese…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 24

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Tulips from Amsterdam...?...In fact, Persia.

Thanks to Imogen from La Petite Pépinière for this lovely photo of Tulipa…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 17

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Anemone coronaria

Thanks to Imogen from La Petite Pépinière for these stunning…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 17

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Poireau des vignes

In the garden – April March has brought its usual share of changeable weather…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 28

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Garden notes - euphorbia rigida

Euphorbia rigida Also known as Gopher Spurge or Upright Myrtle Spurge. Blue-green…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 20

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More garden notes

Rhodanthemum hosmariense A lovely little plant for a sunny, well-drained border.…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 5

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In the garden – March

At the time of writing we have had a reasonably mild winter, although we should…

La Petite Pépinière, Feb 28

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Garden notes

Iris unguicularis (Algerian Iris) Evergreen clumps of grass-like foliage reveal…

La Petite Pépinière, Feb 13

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Garden notes

Sarcococca confusa (Sweet Box) A fine shrub with many attributes, robust enough…

La Petite Pépinière, Feb 7

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In the garden – February

The beginning of February often still seems like a quiet time of the year in the…

La Petite Pépinière, Jan 31

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Garden notes

This is part of a series of 'garden notes' from La Petite Pépinière.…

La Petite Pépinière, Jan 16

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In the garden – January

It has been an incredibly mild December so at the time of writing this there are…

La Petite Pépinière, Jan 9

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In the garden – December

At the time of writing the weather is still very mild and there is still time to…

La Petite Pépinière, Dec 12

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Christmas Bulbs and Wreaths

For those of you who were looking forward to browsing through Catriona McLean's…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 1

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Tips for winter in the garden

Greetings from Gill at La Petite Pépinière de Caunes. Firstly, a big…

La Petite Pépinière, Nov 22

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In the garden – November

October generally brings rain but the ground is still warm so November is the perfect…

La Petite Pépinière, Nov 1

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Mammoth Wasp

This is Scolia flavifrons (order Scoliidae, a Hymenoptera) I saw this 4cm specimen…

Reader, Oct 4

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In the garden – October

At the time of writing we are still enjoying warm and sunny weather and most of…

La Petite Pépinière, Sep 26

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Diary of a foodie again

I enjoy cooking, and on the whole, my culinary efforts are reasonably successful.…

Reader, Sep 19

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The Guest List

Languedoc Living reader, Judith Stafford, is not alone with these thoughts! One…

Reader, Sep 12

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In the garden – September

We are normally waiting for September to bring us some much needed rains but, at…

La Petite Pépinière, Aug 29

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Foragers’ Corner

Well, if ever there was compensation for the less than wonderful summer weather,…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 14

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In the garden – August

More useful gardening tips from Gill Pound:- At the time of writing these notes…

La Petite Pépinière, Aug 4

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Is it a bat...no it's a moth

These photos were taken by Languedoc Living reader, Mary Hawkesworth. The Giant…

Reader, Jul 7

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In the garden with Gill Pound - July

In the garden – July Summer tends to be a quieter time in the garden, watering…

La Petite Pépinière, Jun 27

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Leaking Pool? Local company offers readers…

Swimming pools are common feature in properties all over the Languedoc, whether…

Geoff Taylor, Jun 3

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In the Garden with Gill Pound - June

After a mild winter and a warm spring the ground will start to be drying out during…

La Petite Pépinière, May 26

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In the garden – May 2014

Overall a warm spring and May will generally bring warm weather, the ground can…

La Petite Pépinière, Apr 23

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The Mediterranean Garden Society

If you love gardening, and have been trying to make or maintain a garden in the…

La Petite Pépinière, Apr 12

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Gardening in Languedoc - tips for spring

The beginning of 2014 with a full year of “The Natural Gardener” behind…

Geoff Taylor, Mar 26

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In the Garden with Gill Pound - April

March brings it’s usual share of changeable weather – “les giboulées…

La Petite Pépinière, Mar 21