Monday, 19 January 2009 08:20

Average temperatures in Graham's Garden

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Wednesday, 21 January 2009 07:48

Average precipitation Charente-Maritime

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Saturday, 07 February 2009 10:02

Local climate Charente-Maritime (17)

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Thursday, 12 February 2009 07:33

Average wind gusts

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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 08:18

French Water Restrictions

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In this region of France, we are used to hot and dry summers and often these lead to local restrictions for watering gardens and other green areas. A popular subject for conversations, the rules and measures are frequently exchanged between friends and neighbours, but the advice is not always accurate and current. To check out the daily position for the Poitou-Charentes region, check-out this useful link - water-restriction site. You just need to enter your departement and commune name to see the detailed list of what can and cannot be watered, and the restricted times of day.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 07:44

French Gardening Dictons

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At the start of the year, many French gardeners are already predicting the whole year's weather. This is based upon an old French saying or “Dicton”:

"Les douze premiers jours de janvier,
Indiquent le temps qu'il fera les douze mois de l'année."
(The first 12 days of January show what the weather will be like in the coming year.)

Sunday, 17 May 2009 07:51

Les Saints de glace

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There are three “Saints of Ice”: Saint Mamert (May 11), Saint Pancrace (May 12) and Saint Servais (May 13). According to popular tradition, they have the reputation of bringing cold and the frosty weather to an end. The belief is that once these three Saints have “had their day”, the gardener need not be afraid of further frosts.

Today, the majority of the calendars do not mention these saints. In 1960 the Roman Catholic church “replaced” the trio with Saints Estelle, Achille et Rolande.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:09

Le Jardin de la Chaillière

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Le Jardin de la Chaillière is located at 19 rue de la Chaillière, 17600 Saint-Sornin in the Charente-Maritime department of France. It is open for visits by appointment (tel 05 46 85 90 55) and is remarkable for stunning views and a steep sloping aspect.   Date of visit 15/5/2012