Category Archives: Leaves

Arbutus unedo

Strawberry Tree – Arbousier In autumn you can’t miss this tree when you come across it.  The fruits are so noticeable, initially green, then yellow, orange and finally red.  They resemble strawberries, hence the name.  As the strawberry tree has … Continue reading

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Cichorium intybus

Wild Chicory – Chicorée sauvage Wild Chicory, in summer, is a very common plant here in Provence and very easily recognisable with its bright blue flower-heads.   It is sometimes slightly hairy with branched stems, height 30-100 cm.  The basal … Continue reading

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Bellis perennis

Daisy – Pâquerette Here in Provence the first Daisies have come up.  They stay more or less all through the winter till spring.  The flower is made up of white ray florets and yellow disc flowers.  Each little yellow bit … Continue reading

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Saponaria officinale

Soapwort – Saponaire officinale With the mild weather and some rain, a lot of wild flowers are making their appearance.  Soapwort is one of them and very easy to recognise.  Native to Europe and Asia, a perennial 30 – 40 … Continue reading

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Portulaca oleracea

Common Purslane – Pourpier commun Common Purslane is native from Greece to China and has been introduced elsewhere.  It is found in our area in dry, sandy,  nitrogen-rich soil in full sun.  It should not be confused with the ‘Sun … Continue reading

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Making your own fertiliser

When you return to a particular place where you have not been for a few weeks, you notice the difference in the vegetation.  One of our favourite spots, where in spring we find our weekly supply of nettles and dandelion … Continue reading

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Tilia cordata

Small-Leaved Lime – Tilleul The Small-Leaved Lime is a European native which grows in the wild in a mixed, deciduous woodland.  It prefers a warm position, sandy or stony soil.  Beside the Small-Leaved Lime, there is another native Lime tree, … Continue reading

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Olea europaea

Olive blossom – Fleurs d’Olivier After reading an article by Barbara Wilde, http://www.frenchgardening.com, describing a walk on the old olive terraces around Goult, we were inspired and although it is over two hours driving from where we live, we felt … Continue reading

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Isatis tinctoria

Woad – Pastel du Teinturiers Woad was cultivated as the source of blue dye for more than 2000 years.  Plinius, in the first century A.D., reported that the women of Britain dyed their naked bodies blue to attend ceremonial offerings. … Continue reading

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Thymus vulgaris

Thyme – Thym Thyme grows in dry, rocky places.  It is a native to Spain, southern France and Italy.  Next to Rosemary, Thyme is the most common herb in our area.  Thyme has been, and still is, an important culinary … Continue reading

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