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April at nº 42

It’s been a busy month. And dusty. Work has begun to move the west bathroom into a larger room. And what was the bathroom is going to become a dressing … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 22 Comments

Faux-Bonsai

This is a Beaucarnea Recurvata (aka Nolina). You  get the effect of a miniature palm/coconut tree for very little money (between €5 and €10) and even less work. It’ll do … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · 13 Comments

The Narrow House

Ms. Parker’s Narrow House. And… Here’s how to use a flamethrower on weeds: A decent flamethrower with a little cart for the gas bottle costs around €100. Filling a gas bottle … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · 30 Comments

Glorious weather!

It’s an absolutely gorgeous day. Life is good! The garden is coming along very nicely. The Medici vases I had made arrived a few days ago. I put two by … Continue reading

July 3, 2016 · 14 Comments

First week of June at no. 42. The garden, the scullery and fish

The lilies are opening! Absolutely stunning. The weather’s been superb and so I’ve spent much time in the garden. Pruning, cleaning, weeding- and digging.   And there’s been progress in … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 10 Comments

An Espalier of Citrus- and gardening in May

From the Italian spalliera (something to rest on). You take a tree and you train it flat. If done well it can look really extraordinary. Here’s an apple tree: Last year … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 23 Comments

Why do (some) online plant sellers lie through their teeth?

I’ve been looking for Indigoletta rose to buy and grow on the garage. It’s a rose with a very fine, delicate colour (see above.) Looking online, again and again, I … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 17 Comments

Rhododendron in flower

Isn’t that a wonderful colour? I think I’m going to get more of it. I spent the morning planting hostas under the camellias. When they arrived this morning I panicked. … Continue reading

May 3, 2016 · 35 Comments

This week at № 42

The tiles for the scullery have arrived. They’re by an Italian company called Marca Corona- from their new Terra collection. I’ve been sanding the cupboards which are going to be … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 13 Comments

Plans for the wall (and plant identification help!)

I’ve decided that I want to make the wall that’s behind the house a bit more interesting. Especially because that’s where the entrance door is.   The planting is already great, … Continue reading

April 27, 2016 · 16 Comments

The kitchen garden + The Russians are coming!

The baby bok choy has come and been eaten. Excellent, easy crop. It only takes 30 to 45 days from seed to table. They’ve been replaced by a variety of … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 25 Comments