Renovation of a Mediterranean Dwarf Palm (Chamaerops humilis) Part 2

Giving an overgrown dwarf palm time and space to grow back.

AAt the beginning of this week I described how you go about renovating a Mediterranean dwarf palm. Not only was the specimen heavily overgrown, it was (and probably still is) also severely infested by the Paysandisia archon palmmoth. Today I’ll show you how I attacked the rest of this renovation job. Due to the unusual rainy and cold weather we are currently experiencing on the French Riviera this February, I was not able to apply the nematode liquid yet, because it would be ineffective under these conditions, mostly due to the cold. In a week’s or two week’s time this should be possible to do.

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Palm Moths and Palm Weevils – and how to protect and save your palm trees

Is there a way to save the palm trees on the French Riviera? Notes on Rhynchophorus and Paysandisia.

Palm Moths and Palm Weevils

FFor years there have been reports about the two main pests damaging Mediterranean palm trees, the so-called palm moth (Paysandisia archon) and the so-called red palm weevil (Rhynchophorus ferrugineus). Both insects have been featured by various publications, as „immigrated“, i.e. non-endemic, pests: the palm moth originates from Uruguay and Argentina, while the red palm weevil calls tropical regions of Asia his original home.

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Winter Garden Care on the Côte d’Azur

Winter is a good time to do some garden work on the French Riviera.

Green Parrot Gardens | Winter Care and Next Season | Robin

WWinter care in your Mediterranean garden means preparing your next outdoor season. Close to the Mediterranean there is no – or almost no – vegetative pause during the winter, depending on the local conditions. But since temperatures rarely fall below 3 to 5 degrees Celsius, many plants may slow down, but most of them will simply continue to grow. The rain season always offers many rainless days in a row, which will allow to prepare your garden for the next season.

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La vie en Rose

Do roses grow well in a Mediterranean garden on the French Riviera?

RRoses, these thorny, but smooth-petalled and perfumed flowers have been an integral part of our culture for thousands of years. Ancient Sumerians adored them cultically, in China roses have been cultivated since 2700 B.C., the Egyptians dedicated the red rose to their goddess Isis. Greeks crowned their glorious warriors with them, and the infamous Roman emperor Nero indulged his guests at the legendary “sub rosa”-party with rose petals, rosewater, rose oil and rose wine. In the early age of sail roses became the export hit of the Orient and, when the “War of the Roses” was finally over, England made the rose its national flower. Continue Reading →

Precious Gardens

Garden investments increase your property’s value

OOwners and buyers invest increasingly into the design of their gardens, especially those acquiring exclusive properties. It is not only the longing for inspiration and recreation, or the quest for an adequate representation of their lifestyles, that drives them. It has been common knowledge for a long time now, that individually and professionally designed gardens are a profitable investment, and that’s not only true for luxurious properties. Continue Reading →

Le tapis vert – The Green Carpet

About lawns on the French Riviera – and lawn alternatives for subtropical climates

HHabits, loved and unloved ones, are in all cultures, what two German sayings would express as „the salt in the soup“ and „the hair in the soup“ – both at the same time. On the French Riviera you don’t get around your jardinier’s cultivated déjeuner. Continue Reading →

Your garden is not a parade ground. More balance please!

Why square shapes aren’t always the right choice.

EEvery design has its place in this world. Seriously. I believe in this allegation. Example: I personally don’t really like designs that are based on skulls and bones, say the typical black and silver motorcyclist’s t-shirt featuring some kind of screaming meatless human head. Continue Reading →