Saturday, April 27, 2013

French Village Plant Swap

This morning marked the return of the spring plant swap, held in the sunshine outside our village salle des fetes. Tea, coffee, homemade cake and homemade biscuits were offered free to all those who kindly showed up with some surplus seedlings. After a chat and a nibble hopefully everyone took home something they wanted for their garden, we certainly did. We were really pleased with the turn out and the variety of items offered from seeds, to shrubs, to vegetable seedlings, to fruit trees, to flowers, to grasses and even indoor Aloe Vera we had them all. Thanks to all those who came along and especially to those who helped out. The next one will hopefully be in autumn to swap cuttings and seeds, but we are also thinking of holding a summer vegetable and fruit swap - courgette (zucchini) anyone?

This afternoon we had a very productive time in our garden, potting on, planting out and weeding in the flower beds to make space for for our new arrivals. I am so pleased with how it is all looking at the moment, the fruit trees are heavy with blossom and bees, the raspberries and strawberries are just starting to flower, the huge flag Iris are in flower, most of the annuals like Verbena Bonariensis have reappeared and the tomatoes, courgettes and other veggies, although still in the greenhouse are looking great. I am hoping for a bumper harvest this year, fingers crossed!

French Village Diaries plant swap life in France gardening
Aloe Vera


French Village Diaries plant swap life in France gardening
Vegetable and flowers waited to be swapped


French Village Diaries plant swap life in France gardening
Courgettes, pumpkins, cucumbers  and grasses


French Village Diaries plant swap life in France gardening
Coffee, cake, chat and swap