around the garden, freebies

Happy August + a summer goodie for you !

Well hello there, it's been a little while ! Happy August to you all, as well !

We've been on one week vacation July 14th-22nd (related posts coming up) but other than that, we've been enjoying ourselves, trying to cope with hot summer days, and tending the garden too.

Speaking of our garden, I'm very happy about my one and only rudbeckia plant (I am planning to have many more next summer ! Another post about that too !) and I thought I'd share its beauty with you ! It lights up all the flower bed !

Aren't they little bright little suns ?! I love them so much that I've decided to offer some little goodies, based on my photos. Here are two different desktop wallpapers, one with "Happy Summer", and a different one, blank. Click them then right click for saving. I hope you will enjoy !


Wishing you all a lovely start of the week ! Be well, and thank you for your visit today !



around the garden, color inspiration

ready to pick !

Yay ! Our very first homegrown-from-seeds cherry tomatoes were ready to pick today ! We were so excited !

Obviously they were delicious ! What a joy to grow your own food (even though such a ridiculous part of it) ! We are so proud of our little plants & hope we'll be able to eat tons & tons of them all summer long !

Have a great week ahead, I hope you've all had a lovely weekend. Thank you for your visit.



around the garden, botanical inspiration, nature

winged visitors

Happy July everyone, and happy 4th of July to my American visitors ! Summer holidays have begun, my eldest turned 15 on June 24th, and took his very first exams on the 29th & 30th. I hope your summer (or winter) holidays are underway as well !

My buddleias have been hosting a bunch of winged visitors, and I wanted to share some photos of them here. I hope you'll like them.

I love how their wings seem to have been painted or drawn with pastels ... The one above is an Iphiclides podalirius (aka a scarce swallowtail or Flambé en français), with a worn out tail.

And this one is a Leminitis reducta (aka Southern white admiral or Sylvain azuré en français) Aren't they both gorgeous ?!

I hope this little post finds you happy & healthy. I'm considering posting old posts (from the same time but years ago) from past blogs of mine. Would you like it ?

Be well.



around the garden

around the garden - late June

Before July comes around, here is a little garden update with a handful of photos ...

My cosmos have bloomed, though they are much much shorter than expected ! No problem, I'm happy I managed to protect them from the greedy snails !

We've gone through a tough & early heatwave, maybe you've suffered from it as well, since it was all over Europe. And these last days we've had very electrical thunderstorms, the garden is happy even though it was a bit shaken ! It's not unseasonably chilly, but I love it, and I know it won't last more than a couple of days, so I'm cooling the whole house down & enjoying it tremendously !

I had bought a pot of pink Achillea millefolium (yarrow) in spring, and it finally bloomed as well !

The garden is pretty full of all sorts of insects & animals, I spotted a glow worm the other day, as well as a hedgehog ! Sure you can see all these lovely creatures when you live in an apartment ! We're ever so glad we moved 10 months ago (already) !

I'll show you different kinds of little garden friends very soon, stay tuned ! Hoping you are well ! Thank you for stopping by !