The Rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, but the rain in France falls mainly on the chateau. But it doesn’t stop any of the Lalanders! There’s big progress in the walled garden, as the new arches arrive for the new vegetable beds. Mummy and Mary Poppins plant a plethora of new, curious herbs and vegetables. Dan the Gardener remains stoic in the face of a downpour and Michael is positively drawn to the storm! And, because it’s Tuesday, it’s present opening day! Which will be the last one with Antoine for a few weeks, as Nic, Marie and Antoine have to return to Brussels…

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  1. Bren in Coastal Georgia USA

    Stephanie, What a wonderful entry in the “Diaries” — just Love seeing the continued work on the walled garden! Selmar, Isabelle, Dan and Mary Poppins are doing a superb job with such love and devotion in bringing forth the world famous ‘Gardens of deLaland’! I too am currently rooting roses as well in our greenhouse and am using the same rooting method as Mummy is doing from Michael’s cuttings. Just wanted to mention that I recall with pleasure the Christmas vlog where you and Micheal went in search of mistletoe. We recently had an arborist work on our oak trees and he removed mistletoe, which he said eats up the tree and will eventually kill the tree. I hope this info helps and you can hopefully have a specialist to come in and assess the trees, and perhaps cull the mistletoe if need be around the estate. Much love to all, Bren

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