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Grumpy Gardener – Rain, Snow and Catalogues

Grumpy Gardener – Rain, Snow and Catalogues

The Grumpy Gardener – February Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander, tells how one seed catalogue seller shot himself in the foot with a deceptive “free offer”. Following a prolonged period of rain and snow, gardening is beginning to appear a poor career […]

Grumpy Gardener – Mistletoe, no French Kissing

Grumpy Gardener – Mistletoe, no French Kissing

The Grumpy Gardener – January Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander, tells how to get seasonal Mistletoe to take on a host tree but cautions that unlike some places, Mistletoe and kissing are not traditionally combined in France.  After covering holly last year I feel […]

Grumpy Gardener – Hail the Horse Chestnut

Grumpy Gardener – Hail the Horse Chestnut

The Grumpy Gardener – December Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander, salutes the mighty Horse Chestnut in its battle against canker but admits to being a bit peeved about all the leaves it dumps on the garden come the Autumn.   I always feel sorry […]

Our Grumpy Gardener On Day-Glo Tools

Our Grumpy Gardener On Day-Glo Tools

The Grumpy Gardener – November Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander, praises the inventor of the day-glo , easy-to-find-in-the-long-grass gardening tool and leaves some of us wondering if they could be made to respond to  a whistle . Cyclamen flower at a dull time of the year […]

Our Grumpy Gardener On Liberté and Figs

Our Grumpy Gardener On Liberté and Figs

The Grumpy Gardener – October. Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander, warns about the potentially explosive qualities of  figs now deliciously abundant in his October garden. Getting some colour from those Michaelmas daisies Here in the Midi Pyrenees it has been a long dry summer […]

Our Grumpy Gardener and Hunter Gatherers

Our Grumpy Gardener and Hunter Gatherers

The Grumpy Gardener – September Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online, professional gardener Mike Alexander warns against predatory hunter gatherers out and about in his September garden. The flower arranger as predatory hunter gatherer One of my clients has had a visitor to stay recently. She appeared at first […]

Our Grumpy Gardener on the Wild Blooms

Our Grumpy Gardener on the Wild Blooms

The Grumpy Gardener – July Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In his regular column for French News Online professional gardener Mike Alexander waxes lyrical as he contemplates wild blooms in his July garden. Wildflower Lawn  Parsley and Wild Flowers Offer a Riotous Display With all the rain we have been having I seem to have spent a […]

The Rural French are Great Hunter-Gatherers From Asparagus to Blackberries

The Rural French are Great Hunter-Gatherers From Asparagus to Blackberries

Whether it be wild mushrooms, blackberries, sloughs or some other delicacy that happens to be in season, the French lucky enough to live in rural havens love nothing more than to wander through the countryside gathering the freebie of the day. In his regular contribution to French News Online professional gardener Mike Alexander, sets out what you will find […]

Good Help is Hard to Find in Winter

Good Help is Hard to Find in Winter

Hints & Tips With Mike Alexander In this part of the French News Online “Lifeslyle” Section, professional gardener Michael Alexander, takes us, gently, through those tasks you should be tackling in the garden this month. Prune Wisteria now Good Help is Hard to Find in Winter I can tell it has been a harsh winter […]

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