GARDENING NOTES FOR JULY  by Gill Storey When fine weather arrives in July, we are out there at 7 in the morning weeding and planting before the temperature rises too much. This is the time for…

The P-O is amongst several departments that have been placed on ‘pollen alert’ according to the RNSA, (Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique) responsible for the analysis of the content of the air, and the passing on of information to give some information about its health impact.

According to the ‘code forestier’ and ‘arrêté prefectoral’ of 18/13/2004, if you are the owner of land which is less than 200 metres from woodland, brush land or moors, it is your legal responsibility to limit fire risk by clearing and cutting back all undergrowth within 50 metres of your property.

May is the time when results really begin to show. The pleasure of being in a well-stocked, colourful and fragrant garden is really apparent, and if the weather is warm enough even swimming may be possible for those of us who are hardy enough, although the water will still be about 20 deg.C.

April is the month when things in the garden really begin to grow. In February and March there seemed to be plenty of time: in April as the ground warms up, the garden comes along in a rush. So it is time to catch up with your jobs.

These are in fact caterpillar nests, constructed by the pine processionary caterpillar (chenille processionnaire) larva, who live in large ‘tents’ and march out at night in single file (hence the name) to feed on the pine needles.