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Life at № 42

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“Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue?”

August 9, 2019 · 60 Comments

Lights, Camera – Mazamet

Lights, lights, lights in the garden! Absolutely wonderful. There was one thing I missed terribly about Spain and that was the ambience at night. Particularly in the garden at Villa … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · 17 Comments

Showing, not telling. As summer approaches in Mazamet

May 23, 2019 · 41 Comments

Mazamet, March 7th, 2019

February in Mazamet has been like Spring. Lots of sun and beautifully mild temperatures hovering around 15 during the day, cooler nights. It’s been very enjoyable but of course something … Continue reading

March 7, 2019 · 51 Comments

June at number 42

Firstly, the garden. Above is what I’ve added to the garden in the past week. Today I’ve added 6 more astilbes (purpurkerze), 2 hostas (big daddy) and three lathyrus pink … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · 44 Comments

Les Floriales 2018

This year’s Floriales (open air garden fair) is from the 27th to the 29th at the usual spot, the Jardin des Promenades. It’s definitely worth a visit, there’s a lot … Continue reading

April 16, 2018 · 23 Comments

Floridus and Herbidus but not Fruitidus (well, a little)

and I forgot to mention… there are teak chairs available from VidaXL (sold to most of Europe with free shipping) for just €60 each. They also make 2 and 3 … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 18 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

Blue skies, wisteria & other things

The wisteria looks glorious this year. I’ve planted euphorbia characias wulfenii at the base- and also liatris spicata. I think the ton-sur-ton effect will be amusing. Elsewhere in the garden … Continue reading

April 20, 2016 · 18 Comments

April at number 42

…I’ve been up a ladder cleaning the facade. Up a very tall ladder-and it was incredibly frightening. Between not falling off and holding the power-washer gun (big and heavy) with … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · 42 Comments

Signs of Spring

It’s 17° and the sun is shining today. The forecast says that in a couple of weeks it’ll be around 20°. Then it’s practically March and if last year is anything to … Continue reading

February 5, 2016 · 16 Comments

Winter tomatoes and other green matters

I’ve stupidly been ignoring the greenhouse for the past couple of months. I just presumed cooler temperatures meant the season was over. So when I went to have a look … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 23 Comments

Of camellias and futures

The white camellias are now in full bloom and what a show it is (for a sense of scale, compare to the chair at the bottom right of the first … Continue reading

January 5, 2016 · 21 Comments

All I want for christmas is- not a back injury!

The heather (Erica darleyensis (x) ‘Kramer’s Rote) for the driveway border on the west wall arrived yesterday. 20 plants, 20 holes. It was all going so well until the last hole- … Continue reading

December 25, 2015 · 25 Comments

Another beautiful day. Gentleman of the camellias revisited

Today is winter solstice, the year’s shortest day. “The solstice is usually on 21 December, but comes a day later this year for the same reason we have leap years … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · 16 Comments

Like Summer

If this is what autumn is like every year in this part of the world, we’ve chosen well. Today is a definite working in the garden day. There’s a whole … Continue reading

November 10, 2015 · 6 Comments

I Dream of Jeannie, Garden Version

Just merveilleux, really. Most of the work was done by yesterday afternoon. And before I knew it, it looked like this: I was planning a round wrought iron bench around … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 23 Comments

Landscaping at Number 42

The sprinkler system is in: Olivier has now finished removing all of the old lawn and he’s levelled the land. The border for the driveway is now in place, and the … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 11 Comments

The Garden, Part I

Work on the garden has begun. Yesterday Mike mowed the lawn as low as possible which wasn’t easy because of the irregularities of the land. Later today Olivier is coming … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 19 Comments

The Garden

So here’s a quick sketch of the garden, almost to scale (almost because the house is actually equidistant from the side walls, which means I drew the greenhouse too small.) We’re … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 17 Comments

If sculptures could speak

I hadn’t noticed how funny that composition was until I uploaded the photo to the computer. One can just hear her saying, “there he goes again taking pictures of himself.” … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · 21 Comments

Terrace floors chosen and ordered

The choice was surprisingly easy. We wanted something that more-or-less matched the facade of the house, so it had to be grey-brown, and this was the only one that came … Continue reading

June 23, 2015 · 18 Comments

Coincidences that aren’t coincidences; The Mother of Hydrangeas

They’re just glorious. At the moment we’re mainly using the kitchen doors (which are open in the picture) and it’s lovely to see those flowers as we go in and out. … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 12 Comments

In Bloom + New People

I’m doing my best to restrain my urge to fiddle with the garden- well, I’m trying to learn everything I can about English style planting as quickly as I can … Continue reading

June 1, 2015 · 12 Comments

A Big Week

A lot going on. Work has begun on the future floating terrace. A bit over 30m2, so there’s enough room for outdoor seating and a dining table and chairs. It’s … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · 11 Comments

Spring cleaning, figmares and the basket case

Okay, not actually scrubbing, I’m powerwashing. Starting with the steps and then moving on to the walls.  In case you’re ever tempted to try the same thing, be advised that … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · 13 Comments

Gentleman of the Camellias

  That’s an array of camellia petals covering the ground in our new garden. Just extraordinary. Mazamet is known for Camellias, especially the variety known as the Japonica Mazamet of … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 16 Comments

Flowers Everywhere

  When I first arrived I thought the garden was a mess, I’m used to more order- but I took a deep breath and decided to wait and see how … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 22 Comments