I don't see this page becoming a repository of great knowledge or information, but just a place to find some attractive and colourful photos which give a flavour of life here in rural France.
The area where I live was formerly quite heavily quarried, so it comes as no surprise to discover that the ground is very rocky and there is very little top soil at all. This, combined with considerable summer heat presents quite a challenge for the gardener. I currently have to spend spells away from home on account of my work, and consequently this limits what I'm able to undertake in the garden. Things will not survive long in these conditions without care and attention. Once retirement comes along, I will be able to extend the possibilities, no doubt.
Wild orchids grow in the garden every year, but not always in the same places, and not always the same species. Some years they are very plentiful, other years just a few appear. The Bee, Lizard and Early Purple orchids are the most frequent, with occasionally some Spotted orchids - hopefully there may be some this year so that I can add a picture to the page. The Early Purple Orchid is so called because it is one of the first orchid species to grace our countryside in the spring. Here, the first ones will usually be in flower not long after the start of April. The pyramidal orchid takes its name from the shape of the flower head.