12 September 2008

I've totally lost control of all this growth

Everything's everywhere - and this is just the way I like it!
These are some photos of the new bit of garden I started about two years ago. There are also some photos looking towards the older part of the garden where most of our summer veg is. I've replaced potatoes and onions with marrows for the pigs and I might get a decent crop if the good weather and rain keep up.

Loofas growing on a tent frame
Annual climber Cardiospermum halicacabum or Love-In-A-Puff, Balloon Vine, HeartSeed, Winter Cherry

My weird jungle garden, originally uploaded by hardworkinghippy.


Eco Gites of Lenault said...

Are those tomatillos or cape gooseberries in the 3rd and 4th pictures down? I've got loads of purple tomatillos and I'm not too sure what to do with them all!!

Rosie x

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

Hi Rosie,

I've been reading up on Tomatillos while I've been googling to find out what this climber is and they sound lovely ! There are lots of recipes out there but I didn't have time to delve deeper because I've been sharing my computer for the past two months and I can just do the essential stuff.

I've just found out what this plant is right now!

It's Cardiospermum halicacabum and not edible, but really pretty and a very light climber - I've got some growing up Hollyhocks and they look lovely. It has a lot of interesting properties and it's in the Plants for a Future database - here are some details.


If you want some seeds I should have some soon...

Irene x

Eco Gites of Lenault said...

Hi Irene

Thanks for the info about the plant. I too have found lots of recipes using tomatillos but I am still not 100% sure if I need to let them ripen first. Time for some kitchen experimenting then I think.

Thanks for the offer of seeds - I'll say no "this time" as I am concentrating on fruit/veg growing until we eventually move to our new house with it's proper flower garden - then I might be asking!!

I might give loofahs a go next year having seen yours though. Like you say - one less thing to buy.

Rosie x

denny said...

I have been so inspired by you!! Been keeping an eye on your flickr stream but now I realize, it is the blog that I love... beautiful pictures and excellent information to go along with them! Such fantastic beauty... WONDERFUL.

Cevenol Jardin (Laura) said...

Wow - I just came accross your blog today and its wonderful. That is a real garden I love it. I am not quite sure where you are in France I am gardening in the cevennes experimenting with what is possible to grow here that is edible or useful. Do you save your own seeds?

La Ferme de Sourrou said...


I'm really honoured by your comments. I've been a fan of your blog for a long time. Thanks a lot.


Thanks! I'm between Bergerac and Périgueux in the Dordogne. I save seeds as much as I can and swop whenever possible! I'm into growing anything - edible or otherwise.


andrew-l said...

Your photos are just gorgeous, I love the sheer life bursting from the page - and your house looks great too - keep going on the extension, it'll be fantastic.

Are you looking at running any courses next year at all?

La Ferme de Sourrou said...



We will keep going on the extension there's no doubt about that but it's talking ages isn't it?

I've been asked to do the Two day Introduction to Permaculture course here now that I've been on the Design Course. We'll also do one "Smallholder Week" - maybe at the same time or perhaps a few weeks later.

Let's hope we have posher accommodation for those softies who can't hack "Le camping sauvage"!!

Irene :-)

Laura said...

Hi Irene
I've got a list of the seeds I have to swap and the seeds I am looking for on my blog if you would like to swap seeds.

La Ferme de Sourrou said...

Hello Laura,

Your blog's really lovely - full of interesting stuff and mostly the things that I never get round to doing here.

I don't have an awful lot of unusual seeds to swop but I could swop Angora wool or knitted shawls or socks...:-)

I'll have a longer look at your blog when I've got my snazzy new computer set up for the 'net.


Laura (France) said...

I'd love to swap something you've made for seeds I've grown. Perfect no hurry just choose what seeds you would like whenever you are ready. I should have more a bit later too.

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