The hedge of hydrangeas in the garden is a picture at the moment. We’ve struggled over the years to find plants that can tolerate the extreme alkaline soils here but these have been more than happy from the moment we planted them. They require pruning right back to the ground each year and yet push again providing beautiful flower heads the size of dinner plates. A bonus this year is that flowering was delayed by the awful weather earlier on allowing us to enjoy them later in the season for a change.
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Pruning in the Loire valley
Pruning in the Loire valley30 Jan, 2017
Vintage 2014 in the Loire
The 2014 vintage is drawing to a close here in the Loire with the last passes through the vineyards of the Layon taking place over the weekend. Some Chenin was still hanging in the Layon on Sunday but I dare say with the break in the weather today and strong rain, this marks the end of the harvest for most people.3 Nov, 2014
The vineyard year – pruning in Vouvray
This year we are hoping mother nature will be a little kinder to our growers here in the Loire. After 2 really hard years, they deserve an easier time in 2014.20 Jan, 2014
Flowering in the vines at last
At last – after all the recent bad weather and a distinct lack of sunshine we thought it would never happen. Flowering is an important stage in the life cycle of the vine and weather conditions during this time will have an impact upon the quality of the bunches that follow. In an ideal world we hope for warm sunny days and a light breeze.22 Jun, 2013
Cabernet Franc in Anjou
It’s interesting to see how the vintage year has such an impact upon vine development. In 2011 the Cabernet Franc sprung into action early and by the end of May they were in full flower. In 2012 you can see that the vines have not reached that point and this year we are even further behind with the lack of sunshine throughout May. We count 100 days from flowering to harvest so it looks like we’ll be picking considerably later this year.16 Jun, 2013
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