our little piece of heaven

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Spring has come and is almost gone over here in southern France ... summer is clearly on his way, and it is completely the opposite as last year (to my own relief !!), when summer had been really really early. (Yuck !) Therefore we actually had a real spring season this year, which was profitable for the garden ! And therefore I am a happy girl because all the flowers and plants I’ve planted or sowed this spring are thriving !

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It is our third summer here and I’m beginning to get better at this gardening thing, ahah !! If you remember, we’ve lived in apartments between 1999 & 2016, and our first year here was spent improving the garden first (which I tend to think now that it was a smart move from us because these things take time to create and flourish !). This year more than ever, I have introduced many new flowers in the garden, and they are almost all bloom right now & my heart is ready to burst !  I think that will be a good idea for another post to list all the flowers and plants in the garden !

Pitou is as excited as I am with our garden, it is our little piece of heaven ! He spends part of his days in  the garden, here and there, basking in the sun, listening to the birds, observing insects ...

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It is currently one of the best moments of the year for enjoying the garden in all its glory because everything is so lush & blooming and the temps are not awfully hot yet.  Believe me, the both of us are enjoying it thoroughly right now !

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The only plant I’m growing for food this year are cherry tomatoes, and this year I didn’t sow them but bought them as tiny plants back in (early) April, and they’ve grown so so much, there are already little green cherry tomatoes !! Exciting !!

The photo below pictures fallen petals from a red geum. I threw them in the air like the natural, biodegradable nature confettis that they are ! 

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June is going to be super busy because both my teens will be having exams, and hubby will be more absent than these last months ... I need to remember to take care of myself as much as I take care of my sons, my hubby and my cat ...

Talk to you soon ! Take care too !
With love,

Sonia ... and Pitou too

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birthday & Easter weekend

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Hello everyone. It’s been a couple of weeks ... my my how time flies ! My two teen boys are now on school holidays, and we celebrated my 41st birthday yesterday. Today was Easter but we don’t particularly celebrate (we’re not religious).

The garden is growing rather fast since it is warm but not too much these days (hurray !!) and rather muggy. We’re off to a rainy and very windy week, so I tried to take some precautions in order to avoid damage among my most fragile plants. The two geums (the red on top and the yellow below) are blooming these days and I love them dearly, they’re so lovely !

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Pitou loves his garden kingdom as much as I love mine !! Look at him : 

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I hope this post finds you happy and healthy. Thank you so much or your visit today !

With love, 

Sonia

happy equinox (+ rosemary desktop wallpaper)

Happy equinox everyone, may it be Spring one or Autumn one ! (if you live in the southern hemisphere)

We bought a couple of flowers yesterday & sowed our very first seeds of the season, yay ! This spring, I went for cherry tomatoes (again), cosmos flowers (again), pink ipomoeas (I hope they'll make more leaves & cover more than the Morning Glories), and zinnias, which I hope will thrive !

Our Japanese maple, after a difficult summer, is making buds & leaves again. Phew. The buds are just starting to unfurl, they are so adorable & touching to see :

The rosemaries are in full bloom (I plan to have more, because it does well in the heat, and keep their leaves all year around, which is fantastic !), which is lovely to see.

This last photo above is available as Desktop Wallpaper in the Goodies section of the site. I hope you'll enjoy as much as I enjoy having it in my garden !

Have a lovely day ! Thank you for your visit today !

With love,

Sonia