Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:51
Hello all. Just checking in. Had a good drive down on Saturday and have spent the last 2 days exploring the area. On Sunday we ended up at the coast which is a typical mix of French over management and over development for miles and then "forest domains" where people can camp behind the dunes and take their dogs to the beach. First time for our two - Rasta was very wary of the wet stuff foaming at her feet and Bonzo clearly has no idea what Labradors were bred for as stayed well away and didn't even get his toes wet. Not keen on teh noise of the waves either but certainly plenty to sniff at.
Spring in the countryside isn't as far advanced as I'd expected but I have seen primroses, cowslips and even a few proper bluebells in hedgerows. Magnolias and huge camellias in gardens and a nice surprise - so unlike the Charente which we know better and which is alkaline.
DD - Parisian traffic management requires a major shift in their psyche and some new ground rules but which is the chicken and which is the egg?
WW - sounds like you enjoyed your birthday then. Good surprises.
SW - welcome aboard. Greenhouses need to go where they will be sheltered from strong winds that can play havoc with their panes and where they will get sun in winter to help with keeping them warm. Sheds need to be easy access at all times of the year but are best not right in view of your main windows onto the garden. I'd put one near the veggie plot if you're planning one so you can pot up seedlings and plugs easily without hauling bags of compost and trays of babies. Add water butts to both as rainwater is best for some plants. You can paint sheds to pretty them up if needs be. Don't forget cold frames for hardening off.