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GALLERY: Sow, plant, maintain -

GALLERY: Sow, plant, maintain -

Yellow wallflower, or (wall, violier, ravenelle…) Go to the garden!

There is a garden to which wallflowers are always associated, it is the "priest's garden", they are inseparable from it. Often, these are gardens where there reigns a merry vegetal jumble, of partially orchestrated nature with a nice dose of freedom: flowering plants or not, vegetables, tall grasses and fruits ... While walking there, one will almost find always wallflowers.

This plant is found in the most original places, undoubtedly thanks to its ability to reseed naturally. In fact, we also discover it in the heart of nature, in the meadows ... even stuck in a rock or in an old wall.

I tell you once again, a personal experience. A weekend that I spent near Carteret, in Normandy, where I took the air… It must be admitted that there was air, accompanied by water, you will understand me… It was raining… Strong… Water jugs! As the other would say, "between the drops, it's dry! "

In short, the rain should not stop us (or stop itself), here I am, storming a marked path to cross a meadow at sea level. I continue on the beach of the old church (see some photos if you want), then on the coastal path on the edge of the cliff. I arrive at the beach closer to the city where a break is necessary to observe a high tide coefficient ... And then continue towards the port of the fishermen ... A nice walk and finally, against all expectations, dry!

Carteret (Barneville Carteret) is a very beautiful village, with its old, typical houses, small with a lot of charm, and (very) large sometimes very beautiful and other fin de siècle style. Houses built with a local stone, the stone of Carteret, the same as that of the cliffs. Small and large houses with sometimes a very beautiful garden to discover between 2 fences… Pardon, that is not done? Hmm… Well if the proof… When it's beautiful….

Hold ! Just to have it said. I'm not going to argue. But certain “hideous”, “badly thought out”, “badly constructed” real estate projects, in certain areas declared habitable against all logic, really make the landscape ugly. Is it a matter of taste or the cost of construction? No. I'm afraid it's just a question of getting the money back, you have to ask the Mayor.

Go back to our wallflowers!

Here I take the opportunity to take a look at other wallflowers, perennials grown as annuals: summer wallflower and Nice wallflower ...

Botanical name:

Erysimum Cherii

Type of plant

• Cycle: Perennial Plant - biennial
• Hardiness: Hardy plant (-20 ° C)
• Foliage : Caduc.
• Family: Brassicaceae
• Harbor : Fine upright tuft
• Exhibition: sun or partial shade
• Sowing: May June
• Plantation: April to June and September to October
Flowering : June to August
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: All over
• Origin: Mediterranean basin


• Soil type: cool and well drained.
• Watering, during the flowering period.
• Good hold of cut flowers.

Benefits to the garden

• The plant reseeds very easily, ensuring presence and multiplication from year to year.
• Wallflowers have a very pleasant scent.

Description of wallflowers

Wallflower is a very flowering plant. At the top of stems of about 50 to 70 cm, small flowers, in clusters, bear 4 curved petals which gives them volume. There are quite a few colors: orange yellow, or purple and orange ... reds, or even ivory white ones. They give off a pleasant and powerful scent.

When to sow wallflowers?

• The right sowing period: in May.

How to sow them?

Before you start ...

For more success, do not hesitate to protect your seedling with a few wooden planks, with which you will create a rustic setting. Covered, it will create the greenhouse effect. For growing wallflowers, this is not mandatory, but as the temperature increases, the cultivation will be more efficient. Remember: open it during the day and make sure the earth is always wet and not more.

Ideally, to do the seedlings, you need a seed drill. If you don't have one: mix the seeds with sand and stir well. Sow by hand, making regular movements to separate the seeds and distribute them well on the ground.

Sow on the spot, directly in the ground (or in a seed box):

• Prepare the ground:

Work the soil with a fork-spade, without turning it over, to a depth of about twenty centimeters. Remove any old plant roots, large stones and weeds, and add sand (1/3) for its draining power.
It is not necessary to amend the soil with compost or planting soil, because wallflowers grow perfectly well in any type of soil, which is not very fertile and provided it is well drained.

• The earth must be as fine as possible.

• Place the seeds regularly.

• Using the back of the rake or a plank, pack the soil well so that the seeds are in contact with the soil.

• Water in fine rain.

• At the start of sowing, protect the seeds from the sun's rays with a protective veil, which you can staple to 4 boards or 4 stakes. Even if the seedlings need heat during this period, it is essential to prevent the seeds from drying out.

When to plant wallflowers?

• Establishment of the nurseryman's plants, from April until October.

How to plant them?

• Prepare the ground by adding 1/3 of sand to the soil.

• Leave a distance of 30 cm between each plant.

• Place your plants in a container.

• Finish filling the hole directly with the garden soil / sand mixture.

• Tamp.

• Water.

Flowering period:

From June to August or even September

How to maintain the wallflower?

• Prune dead flowers to extend flowering time.

• Remove a few feet, if over the years they become too invasive!

Some varieties

• Orange Bedder, orange flowers, small variety (35 cm)

• Fire King with red flowers

• Ivory White… Ivory color.

Agrees with

• tulips, forget-me-nots, lilies or lilies ...

With or without a garden ...

• In the garden : wallflower is perfect in semi shade or in the sun in association with grasses.
• And without a garden: in a medium pot 30 cm deep and in diameter, think of the mixture of sand.

We recap

• Perennial, biennial, hardy to -17 ° C

• Flowering: June to August

• Color: yellow, orange, purple, brown

• Type of soil: not very rich and well drained.

• Sowing: on site in April-May.

• Maintenance: cut faded flowers to boost flower production and pull up in case of invasion.

• Use: Solid semi-shade

• Pot culture: in a large pot of at least 30 cm, it will be perfect on a terrace

• In bouquet: good performance of cut flowers.

Quick sheet:

Carteret on the customs path, on the edge of the cliff.

The beach of the old church can be seen in the distance below the "ugly" relay antenna, on the edge of the customs officers' path.

The prison, on the way to the Carteret customs officers (Barneville-Carteret)

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We prepare for winter in the vegetable garden very slowly in October. So here is a little guide so you don't forget anything. Once again it is reduced to the strict minimum to simplify and lighten the reading, you will find additional information in the links to the vegetable sheets, in particular if you wish (those which are not yet available, will be soon).

Type: flower and flowering plant
Height: from 30 to 60 cm, from 60 to 80 cm
Flower colors: pink, yellow, orange, purple, brown
Desired exhibition: sunny, semi-shaded
Foliage: deciduous or semi-persistent
Soil type: poor, stony, limestone
Interview: easy to maintain
Sanitizing: no

The wallflower, also known as wallflower ravenelle, yellow wallflower, wallflower or wall flower, is a ornamental flower from the Brassicaceae family, which owes its name to its pleasant scent of cloves.

Native to the Mediterranean basin of Europe and very common in France, wallflower grows easily on walls or in rocky places. Today there are more than fifty species of wallflowers around the world.

Formed of long stems of a very pale green, the wallflower is composed of small yellow, purple, orange, pink or brown flowers, which can be variegated or even united. The flower of wallflower has the particularity of being very fragrant, and can be planted either in the ground in a garden, or in tub or in pot to flower and perfume a terrace or a balcony. As this plant gives off a very pleasant scent, it may be interesting to place it in a passageway or under a window.

Where to plant clove

planting, sowing wallflower: here is a plant that will delight places in the garden where nothing usually grows. purchased in a cup, it is recommended from transplanting to watering: the right gestures for planting wallflower, a biennial flower in the garden. the wallflower, annual or biennial plant of the ornamental garden: advice on cultivation, planting, maintenance and varieties.

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May the wallflower, a beautiful flowering plant for semi-shade beds in the sun. find out how to sow it, plant, maintain it with the wallflower ravenelle (erysimum cheiri syn. cheiranthus cheiri) is a perennial plant cultivated in biennial, very hardy tolerating temperatures the wallflower appreciates poor soils, even quite stony, and can flourish n ' no matter where. the culture of the wallflower is very easy. it crashes from the

plant spread naturally on rocky wastelands that it brightens up from the month of its original and fragrant flowering, the ravenelle wallflower adapts whether it is annual, biennial or perennial, the wallflower blooms abundantly in many colors: white, yellow, orange, brown, pink and even purplish for the yellow wallflower, erysimum cheiri is a plant spread naturally from europe to central asia. we meet her during our walks, on # eanf #


Annual wallflowers are great bedding and pot plants, to accompany other summer annuals. As for the ravenelle wallflower, very popular, it is superb in rockeries and on flowered walls and can be associated with spring bulbous plants. Grow these plants near walkways and patios to enjoy their scent.

Extract from the book "Treaty of the garden" by Editions Rustica

Photo : Jean LE BRET
Text: Michael LE BRET

Where to plant wallflowers?

You will benefit from this flower by planting it in areas of the garden where you cannot grow anything. Indeed, it fits perfectly poor and dry soils, his only requirement: that he be well drained.

It also integrates very well with flower beds as long as it is made up of other perennials. It is preferable, however, to select a location which is very sunny so as to promote flowering, the wallflower enjoying the sun.

You can also grow it perfectly in a pot or in a planter. In this case, choose a quality potting soil and mix with coarse sand to ensure drainage.

At a time very floriferous and aesthetic, this perennial is also called Flower of the walls.

It is indeed quite easily installed in a old stone wall where it re-sows itself naturally from year to year.

But we will also find it in massive or planter with its very beautiful flowering, ephemeral and generous.

Wallflower takes its name from its sweet scent that strangely resembles that of cloves.

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