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An eco-friendly Christmas?

It can feel like an annual dilemma. A real Christmas tree seems a more natural choice, but hundreds of millions of them are bought every December. That's a lot of intensive production, and potentially a lot of waste. It's true that fake plastic trees…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 8

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Addressing damp issues

Do you have ugly black patches in your rooms? There is a high chance that you have damp issues. It’s always best to ask the help of a specialist builder who can help you plan a suitable course of action depending on the nature on the damp. Will…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 11

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Three things to think about before decorating

There is no right or wrong about decorating. It’s all about what works for…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 21

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Get €3 000 to replace your old fuel boiler!

A new scheme giving homeowners up to €3 000 towards replacing their oil-burning…

The Connexion, Oct 21

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Jammin'

By Judith Stafford We have a teeny Minervoisien courtyard which, when we took it…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 8

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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…

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…

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