A Garden in Provence part 2


A field near our house with hay all rolled up and ready for consumption by sheep.


These grapes are in a nearby vineyard. I think they stay green when mature. I’m hoping to see more of the harvest this year. I always seem to miss it.

To fight the encrouchment of weeds and the many other plants growing naturally here in Provence, Mrs. M. talked us into planting a type of clover. It seems to be doing fairly well although it looks like it needs some trimming to me with a weed eater. It is getting tall, about one foot or so, and not staying close to the ground as I thought it would. It does seem to be doing the job but, of course, there are still weeds, just not as many as before. There are many dandilions growing to huge proportions if they aren’t pulled up in time. If any piece of wood or root, even the smallest piece, is left under the ground, new plants spring to life from them, the bush growing yellow flowers, the genepie, and a thorny, rose-bush type plant which is probably a mulberry. If they aren’t pulled up when they are small, a pick ax is needed to get the plant up. Down in our lower piece of land, the mulberry is trying in every way it can, to take over. So far the clover has the upper hand, but it is going to be close.
Behind our house is a large expanse of land. On this, Mrs. M. planted a really nice little ground cover with purple flowers. I watered it at first to help it get started but it didn’t seem to last very long. I am hoping it will make a return when the weather gets cooler. As with the grass we have, I don’t want to have something else to water. Maurice seems to have left most of the watering up to me and I finally stopped watering all of it. The grass is looking very brown and the ground cover is totally toasted. I’m just feeling that if it can’t make it on its own, it just won’t make it. The clover, thank God, is established and has taken off.
I am still watering the bushes and trees behind our house and they all seem to be doing very well. I was told that, after a year, as with the lavender and santalina, they won’t need any more watering. I read somewhere that if you overwater things here, that they won’t establish deep roots and when the mistral comes, can even be blown over. Water is very expensive here, so I want everything to be able to survive with as little as possible.