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Is This The Most Intelligent Bird On the Planet ?

Is This The Most Intelligent Bird On the Planet ?

Known throughout much of Western Europe as a thief and harbinger of death, the Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica) probably ranks among one of the most maligned birds on the continent. From ancient nursery rhymes such as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy to Rossini’s opera La Gazza Ladra this common member of the corvid or […]

Grumpy Gardener: Time to End Our Obsession With Lush Green Lawns?

Grumpy Gardener: Time to End Our Obsession With Lush Green Lawns?

Lawns, it is thought, first originated in France and Britain during medieval times when castles were easier to defend if an approaching enemy were not…

Ladybird Ladybird … Is the Imported Harlequin our Friend or our Foe?

Ladybird Ladybird … Is the Imported Harlequin our Friend or our Foe?

The ladybird (coccinelle in French) is probably one of the best recognised and most popular insects in Europe — and the subject of a popular…

That Electronic Beeping Call That Disturbs Your Summer Sleep May Not Be Your Mobile

That Electronic Beeping Call That Disturbs Your Summer Sleep May Not Be Your Mobile

Best not confuse the mating call of Alytes obstertricans with your wife’s mobile phone if  you want to keep the matrimonial peace, writes Mike Alexander. It started with…

Awkward Blooms: How Lizard Orchids Can Cower The Most Ruthless Gardeners

Awkward Blooms: How Lizard Orchids Can Cower The Most Ruthless Gardeners

There is a saying among gardeners that in order to be really good at it one needs to be ruthless. If this is true, and I…

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When Acacia Spells Pseudoacacia, Hayfever Misery and a Gourmet Feast

When Acacia Spells Pseudoacacia, Hayfever Misery and a Gourmet Feast

Along French roadsides and auto routes, in city centre parks and in forests across the country when the…

Work With Nature: Try Birds Instead Of Pesticides In Your Garden

Work With Nature: Try Birds Instead Of Pesticides In Your Garden

Abundant tits in the garden may prove a natural way of weaning fanatical gardeners off pesticides and other bee-unfriendly ways of controlling garden…

Your Garden Is Now The Frontline In The Battle To Save Pollinators

Your Garden Is Now The Frontline In The Battle To Save Pollinators

Last month saw the completion of an assessment done by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)…

The Grumpy Gardener – Ancient Olive Trees Become An Art Form

The Grumpy Gardener – Ancient Olive Trees Become An Art Form

On the hills above the quaint coastal village of Roquebrune-Cap-Matin in the Alpes Maritimes stands an olive tree…

The Grumpy Gardener – Cactus and Succulents In Monaco

The Grumpy Gardener – Cactus and Succulents In Monaco

The 82-year old Jardin Exotique de Monaco is a particularly interesting botanical garden on the Mediterranean given over…

How Environmental Jihadi Plots Advanced Gardening

How Environmental Jihadi Plots Advanced Gardening

If you adhere to the credo that your garden is there to be shared not only with all God’s defenceless…

The Grumpy Gardener –  There’s A Frog In My Soup or An Ode to Pond Life

The Grumpy Gardener – There’s A Frog In My Soup or An Ode to Pond Life

One of the best ways to attract wild life to the garden is to install a pond –…

The Grumpy Gardener – Purple Prose And The Glorious Lavender Fields Of Provence

The Grumpy Gardener – Purple Prose And The Glorious Lavender Fields Of Provence

The lavender harvest is getting under way in Provence, a reminder that France remains a big player in…

The Grumpy Gardener – Soft-Soaping the Aphids: The Weight on Today’s Gardener

The Grumpy Gardener – Soft-Soaping the Aphids: The Weight on Today’s Gardener

The Grumpy Gardener – June Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online,…

The Grumpy Gardener – The Inlaws Use Chili Sauce on The Outlaws

The Grumpy Gardener – The Inlaws Use Chili Sauce on The Outlaws

The Grumpy Gardener – May Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online,…

The Grumpy Gardener – The Rose Of Japan

The Grumpy Gardener – The Rose Of Japan

The Grumpy Gardener – April Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Consider Flax but…

The Grumpy Gardener – Consider Flax but…

The Grumpy Gardener – March Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Its Caterpillar Hair Time

The Grumpy Gardener – Its Caterpillar Hair Time

The Grumpy Gardener – February Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Bordeaux Eco-Renewal

The Grumpy Gardener – Bordeaux Eco-Renewal

The Grumpy Gardener – January Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

Grumpy Gardener – Compost and Hibernators

Grumpy Gardener – Compost and Hibernators

The Grumpy Gardener – December Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Troublefree Tubers

The Grumpy Gardener – Troublefree Tubers

The Grumpy Gardener – November Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Another Dimension

The Grumpy Gardener – Another Dimension

The Grumpy Gardener – October  Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Weeds or Seedlings

The Grumpy Gardener – Weeds or Seedlings

The Grumpy Gardener – September  Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Sculptures or Gnomes

The Grumpy Gardener – Sculptures or Gnomes

The Grumpy Gardener – August Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Lose that Lawn

The Grumpy Gardener – Lose that Lawn

The Grumpy Gardener – July Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Dreaded Knotweed

The Grumpy Gardener – Dreaded Knotweed

The Grumpy Gardener – June Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – Going Blue (Bordeaux)

The Grumpy Gardener – Going Blue (Bordeaux)

The Grumpy Gardener – May Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

The Grumpy Gardener – On Cowslips and Violets

The Grumpy Gardener – On Cowslips and Violets

The Grumpy Gardener – April Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

Grumpy Gardener – What A Pile of….

Grumpy Gardener – What A Pile of….

The Grumpy Gardener – March Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News…

Four and Twenty Merle … in a Corsican Pie

Four and Twenty Merle … in a Corsican Pie

There’s a French saying, “Faute de grives, on mange des merles”(No thrushes? eat blackbirds) which basically means half a…

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