After the frost of last week, the return of the heat is an invitation to bloom, windows and balconies. For the urban deprived of chlorophyll, but also the rural people who were not all, far from it, the chance to have a garden, this is an important appointment which we have been preparing for weeks with a lot of questions: what species to choose? How to plant? In what type of pot? With any potting soil?

In spite of their image unfairly old-fashioned, geraniums (or pelargoniums, their true botanical name) remain the flowers the most popular. He sells every year more than 50 million plants in France, almost one per inhabitant! It must be said that the “king of the balconies” has something to appeal: a generous flowering from may to the first frosts, a variety of colours outstanding, and a culture easy to reach. Originating in South Africa, ivy geraniums, or zonal (recognizable at the spot in the shape of a horseshoe that adorns its leaves) are quite well to short periods of drought: one can “forget” to water them for a day or two without incurring life-threatening. And if they are allergic to the cold, they keep for even a year on the condition of the winters frost-free.

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geranium zonal Moonlight Tumbao benefits since this year, with two other varieties, the red Label. Selecta

today, some fifty varieties in different colours (white, pink, red, orange, purple) enjoy a famous Red Label. Awarded by a jury composed of experts and enthusiasts under the auspices of Excellence plant, this certificate guarantees a “free-flowering, and continues” as well as “rapid growth and harmonious” of these geraniums high end of the range. Three new products have been registered this year: ’M Pink Splash’ with its sumptuous petals bicolored, BIG 5 Neon Pink’ with its cascade of flowers fuchsia and ‘Tumbao’ to the corolla bright red.

native to Argentina, petunias are also great used in the balconies. Breeders have created an infinite number of hybrids and varieties, such as grandiflora flower huge (more than 10 cm in diameter), the millifloras to the innumerable small flowers, surfinia with their long stalks, drooping, etc, We can also mention the lobelia, budry, labiacées foliage variegated, the bidens sheet of cane which form large yellow balls, the begonias, the héliotropes, not to mention the impatiens, the brachycomes and, of course, the fuchsias.

water Stress the Bright gazania tolerates the lack of water 65637746/Peter – Fotolia

If you are not sure to be diligent in terms of watering, you can compose your window boxes with resistant species (up to a certain point all the same…) to water stress: phlomis, coréopsis, santoline, verbenas, lantanas, not to mention the dipladénia, the gazania and portulaca ornamental. Consider also the exposure of your windows, and balconies; some plants need sun (geraniums, petunias…) when others are afraid or are allergic to them (begonia hemangioma, fuchsias, etc.). Finally, you can embellish your compositions with the “green”, in other words, the plants foliage is decorative as ivy, hostas or grasses.

“Fertilizer delay”

From a practical point of view, take a container deep enough (15 cm minimum) with solid carriers to be able to hang without the risk of falling to your balconies or window sills. Preferably, choose a potting soil planting “fertilizer delay” that will bring your plants the nutrients that are essential as their needs. Do not plant too tight if you want them to develop properly: a space of 20 cm between two plants of type geranium, is a good average. Water regularly, especially in summer where, in the case of high heat, the water input must be daily. Systems of automatic watering system with efficient and cheap exist if you are not sure to be available all the time. Also, remember to remove regularly the faded flowers to encourage your plant to produce new ones. Finally, if you live in a region that is frost-shattered, wait until all risk of frost has passed, to make your plantations. The ice Saints (may 11 to 13) are a good benchmark in most situations.

re-opening of the national Arboretum Bars

Threatened with closure after the disengagement of the national forests Office (ONF), the national Arboretum of the Bars, located at Nogent-sur-Vernisson (Loiret) will finally reopen its doors this weekend up to Monday inclusive, from 10am to 18pm.

Created by the family of Vilmorin, there are close to two, this place is iconic brings together, on 35 hectares, not less than 2 600 species and sub-species of trees and shrubs from five continents, is a whopping 9 250 specimens remarkable.

After intense negotiations, the community of municipalities of Canals and Forests in Gâtinais has taken up the project involving three local associations. Natural heritage of France, manager of the Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères, located in Ingrannes, in the heart of the forest of Orleans, will provide the opening to the public on the third weekend of each month and all bank holidays from April to October and the 1st and 11th of November. Ecolokaterre, association of environmental education will ensure, for its part, the guided tours and school activities, by appointment only. Finally, the association of insertion Apageh will engage gardeners for the maintenance of the site.

Your appointment “garden” to do (mostly) not to be missed HRA/Domaine de Chantilly

• 20-21 April: Feast of the gardens of April, castle Pommorio, Tréveuneuc (Côtes-d’armor).

• 20, 21 and 22 April: 25th “festival of plants and hens”, on the theme “Nurture his orchard and his garden” , château de la Bourdaisière, Montlouis-sur-Loire (Indre-et-Loire).

• 20, 21 and 22 April: 2nd days of the plants “the art of The garden, in Flanders, Castle of Esquelbecq (North).

• Until 21 April: 7th edition of the operation “My street in flower”, organized by the city of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique).

• 22 April: plant Market of the skyscraper, avenue Henri-Barbusse, Villeurbanne (Rhône).

• From April 25 to may 7: Exhibition “The garden of the plants of the Bible, botany, symbols, and practices”, SNHF, 84 rue de Grenelle, Paris 7th.

• Until the 28th of April: “Dreams of the Mediterranean”, 2nd edition of the Festival of the Gardens of the Côte d’azur, with contest of creations landscape ephemeral on different sites of the Alpes-Maritimes.

• Up to 2 may: “Narcisses on stage,” Garden of Berchigranges, Granges-sur-Vologne (Vosges).

• 4-5 may: 25th feast of plants and the art of living in the garden, château de La Roche-Guyon (Val-d’oise).

• 4-5 may: 10th Festival of roses and plants, the Villa and gardens Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (Alpes-Maritimes).


• 17, 18 and 19 may: Days of the plants of Chantilly, on the theme of “plants worry-free, the true allies of gardeners”, the Domain of Chantilly (Oise).

• may 24: scientific Symposium “Plants and the French Riviera, the carnival of the senses”, organized by the SNHF, parc Phoenix, Nice (Alpes-Maritimes).

• 25-26 may: 32nd Days doullennaises of the pleasure gardens on the theme “women and plants”, Citadel of Doullens (Somme).

• Until may 28: Participate in the contest “Gardening Otherwise, share your practices” by signing up here.

• Until may 31: 5th photo contest epidemiological surveillance 2019, organized by the SNHF on the theme of “Webs, cocoons and filaments”. Award ceremony on 14 June.

• Until 30 June: please Send your application to the national Competition of gardens in 2019, by clicking here.

• Until 8 September: Exhibition “the Gardens, the joys of Val d’oise”, the House of Doctor Gachet, Auvers-sur-Oise (Val d’oise).

• Until October 15: Exhibition of 60 sculptures of Stone Treilhes in the Gardens of Eyrignac in Dordogne.


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